Medici, Lorenzo de

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Medici, Lorenzo de Gender: M
born on 1 January 1449 Jul.Cal. (10 Jan 1449 greg.) at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Firenze, Italy, 43n46, 11e15
Timezone LMT m11e15 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 20°07' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 14°34 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 17°23'

Lorenzo de Medici (Portrait by Agnolo Bronzino at the Uffizi, Florence)


Italian statesman, de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic and the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of Renaissance culture in Italy. Also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent (Lorenzo il Magnifico) by contemporary Florentines, he was a magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists, and poets. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Lorenzo married Clarice Orsini by proxy on 7 February 1469. The marriage in person took place in Florence on 4 June 1469. She was a daughter of Giacomo Orsini, Lord of Monterotondo and Bracciano by his wife and cousin Maddalena Orsini. Clarice and Lorenzo had 10 children, all except Contessina Antonia born in Florence.

Lorenzo adopted his nephew Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici (1478–1534), the illegitimate son of his slain brother Giuliano. In 1523, after serving four years as ruler of Florence, Giulio ascended to the papacy as Pope Clement VII.

Lorenzo died during the late night of 8 April 1492, at the longtime family villa of Careggi, Italy at age 43.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Pope Clement VII (born 26 May 1478 Jul.Cal. (4 June 1478 greg.)). Notes: Adopted
  • parent->child relationship with Pope Leo X (born 11 December 1475 Jul.Cal. (20 Dec 1475 greg.))
  • sibling relationship with Medici, Giuliano de (born 25 October 1453 Jul.Cal. (3 Nov 1453 greg.))
  • other kin relationship with Medici, Lorenzo II de (born 12 September 1492 Jul.Cal. (21 Sep 1492 greg.)). Notes: Grandkin
  • (has as) recipient relationship with Michelangelo (born 6 March 1475 Jul.Cal. (15 Mar 1475 greg.))


  • Death, Cause unspecified 9 April 1492 (greg.) (Age 43)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Bertoldo Di Giovanni, Sculptor of the Medici Household by James David Draper (University of Missouri Press, 1992): "[Janet] Cox-Rearick cites particulars concerning Lorenzo's astrological chart that also govern the design. Lorenzo was a New Year's Day child, born at 7:30 in the morning of January 1, 1449. In his horoscope, Saturn is Lord of the Ascendant ... At that hour, Mars is Lord of the Mid-Heaven 'and the most significant planet in relation to Lorenzo's rulership.'" Draper cites the book, "Dynasty and Destiny in Medici Art: Pontormo, Leo X" by Janet Cox Rearick (Princeton University Press, 1984).

Scholfield traced a source for this birth time, quoted from Lorenzo il Magnifico e il suo tempo by Ingeborg Walter (Donzelli Editore, 2005), page 8: "Ma non era ancora pronto quando il 1° gennaio 1449 nacque il suo primo nipote maschio, nella quindicesima ora del giorno." (Translation: But he was not yet ready when his first nephew was born on 1 January 1449 in the fifteenth hour of the day). In Florentine Time the day started at Sunset which occurred in the hour of 4 PM - 5 PM LMT so 14 hours later would calculate as the hour of 7 AM - 8 AM LMT.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Nobility)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Powerful, Medicis)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Adopted his nephew)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Ten)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Patron of the arts)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Florentine merchant prince)