damien hirst

Diamonds have long been used to suggest social standing, and in the art world the indelible Medici and incomparable Damien Hirst prove just how significant their allure can be. The Medici were a wealthy family of Florentine bankers who rose to power during the 15th century as they became known for international trade and funding the city’s architectural innovations and intellectual advancement. Still synonymous with art patronage today, the Medici’s supported artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi and his ingenious construction of the dome of Florence Cathedral, Leonardo di Vinci, and Michelangelo during his execution of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.