It seems to me that Lorenzo de' Medici was well loved by the people, especially the artists and commoners. There was peace and everyone seemed to be satisfied with the way things were. Every person's needs were met; there were celebrations, parties, somewhat of a facade of a perfect existence.
I found it interesting that the composition started by the death of Lorenzo and the way it was perceived with omens. Some of these were the comet appearing, the wolves howling, and the hysterical woman running through the streets screaming about the ox with the fiery horns. They associated the most beautiful lion being killed, and then lightening striking the lantern just prior to his death, causing some stones to fall toward his home.
Lorenzo died at a very young age, 43, which who knows, in that time it may not have been young. He was a strong man and gifted in his relationships with others. He seemed to have a way with words and pacifying others with his confidence. He developed a great reputation, governing in the highest order. He was considered a genius in many respects by his peers. He has developed great friendships with the princes inside and outside of Italy, often adorned with gifts from princes and kings. He had a gift with words, in his dictation or speeches, done with elegance and grace.
He was a very ambitious man, seeking glory and fame. He did not want to be an equal to anyone in anything, and made sure this never happened. He had a great love of the arts, and because of this he re-founded a University in Pisa for the arts and law. This university drew in the most famous teachers because of the enormous salaries that were paid. He also encouraged the studies of the humanities and philosophy in Florence, as well as poetry, music, architecture, and the arts of painting and sculpture. He encouraged them to create their best works by his generous pensions, and supplying them with every tool they needed for their craft.
Lorenzo's greatest weakness was his ability to control his finances. He was very lavish in what he gave to the people, but did not have a plan as to where the money was coming from. He ended up becoming bankrupt and drawing funds from the people. This was very hard on him as he was a very proud man, and to not be able to give the way he was accustomed to be totally contrary to his nature.
As I was reading the assignment, I was under the impression that he was a good man, a great leader, and all was well in Florence, but as I read on, I began to associate that time with what we are experiencing today. The people thought they were free, but were they? We are told we are free, but are we? The festivals, the beauty of the cities, the abundance of daily pleasures had them all into a sense of security, one which was false in every way. There were many of the people who began to realize this and actually celebrated his death. I feel that he did the best with what he had, feeling that his intentions were good, and that he believed that what he was doing was helping his people. As a warrior, he was not a good leader, he was not one to take them into a battle and win.
All in all, I found his life to be very interesting, and enjoyed learning about the life in that day, how the government worked and so closely related to our governments today. It seems, that if people have their basic needs taken care of by the government, they become less inclined to complain, and sit back and let life come as it pleases.