By Adriana Baranello

Angelo Ambrogini, better known as Poliziano was born on 14 July 1454 (d. 24 September 1494) in Montepulciano. Poliziano was a humanist poet and scholar, who was in the service first of Lorenzo de’ Medici and later at the Florentine Studio. Scholars have suggested, since the 19th century, that Poliziano advised Botticelli during the execution of the artist’s mythological paintings, in part because their mutual close ties to Lorenzo de’ Medici and to Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici.

Reference: “Poliziano [Ambrogini; Politian] Angelo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

Detail of Zachariah in the Temple showing Marsilio Ficino, Cristoforo Landino, and Gentile de’ Becchi or Demetrios Chalkondyles, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Tornabuoni Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Medal with Portrait of Angelo Poliziano, obverse, Niccolò Spinelli, ca. 1494, cast bronze, Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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