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Explain how Florence reflects the ideals of the dominant city-state and how some of the geographical, economical, social, and artistic forces shape this ideal

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Explain how Florence reflects the ideals of the dominant city-state and how some of the geographical, economical, social, and artistic forces shape this ideal. Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one example from the Internet.

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Question: Explain how Florence reflects the ideals of the dominant city-state and how some of the geographical, economical, social, and artistic forces shape this ideal. Use one example from Gardner's Art through the Ages and one example from the Internet.

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One of the prime reasons Florence became one of the most powerful and influential city-states is because of its location along what had been the main trade routes (land and sea.) The influx of wealth (including gold and silver from the newly "discovered" America) allowed for the rise to power of the new economic elite (such as the Medici family.) In tunr, they helped to fund a great deal of new projects including architecture and art.
While early Renaissance art in Italy focused on mythological subject matter, there was a shift ...

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