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Strozzi

(strôt`tsē), noble Florentine family. It grew rich through commerce and took an active part in the government of the city after the 13th cent. Later the Strozzi strongly opposed the Medici rule of Florence. Among the Strozzi, there were several eminent soldiers, scholars, and men of letters. At an early date the family divided into several branches. Palla Strozzi, c.1373–1462, a politician and ardent humanist, furthered Greek studies in Florence and Padua. Filippo Strozzi, 1428–91, was banished by the Medici, gained wealth and influence in Naples, and after his return to Florence began to build the celebrated Strozzi Palace. His son Filippo Strozzi, 1489–1538, married a granddaughter of Lorenzo de' Medici; he was first friendly to the Medici, then became a staunch opponent. He led Florentine exiles against Cosimo I de' Medici, was captured, and died in prison. His son Leone Strozzi, 1515–54, first entered the Order of Malta and later became an admiral in the French service. He distinguished himself in wars against Spain and England. Another son of Filippo, Piero Strozzi, d. 1558, a violent enemy of the Medici, fought for the French in the Italian Wars and was made a marshal of France. He took part in the French siege of Calais (1557). Filippo Strozzi, 1541–82, was also in the French service. He was captured and killed by the Spanish in a naval battle off the Azores.
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It was only when Italian genealogist Domenico Savini devoted two years to studying the Strozzi family archives that the truth was revealed to the world.
By contrast, the many branches of the large but declining Strozzi family tended to cling tightly to their inherited estates and renovated them modestly for mostly agricultural purposes rather than turning them into classically inspired recreational homes.
James Haar searches for reasons for the disappearance of the madrigal from Florence in the 1540s and 1550s; while not finding any one answer, he looks at the move of Arcadelt to Rome, the exile of members of the Strozzi family, the lack of a music press in Florence and the lack of any real interest in the genre at the court of Cosimo I - all of which must have contributed.
As a result of painstaking and systematic research, Rebecchini has shed new light on the sections of the Michelangelo Battle of Cascina cartoon that belonged to the Mantuan branch of the Strozzi family.
This book is a study of the Strozzi family of Florence during the fifteenth century with its central characters being Alessandra Macigni Strozzi and her sons.
19) The dancers were more varied in age than seems to have been the case in the Mercato Nuovo: Lucrezia Tornabuoni, wife of Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, one of her daughters, probably the elder, Bianca, then aged not quite fourteen, the latter's aunt, Ginevra di Niccolo Alessandri, wife of Giovanni di Cosimo, Laudomia di Jacopo Acciaiuoli, wife of Pierfrancesco di Lorenzo de' Medici, and "a young woman of the Strozzi family who, if she is not the most beautiful in the city, is at least surpassed by very few" (una giovane di Strozi, quale se non la piu bella di questa cita, almancho e avanzata da puoche, Buser, 348).
Bruni was also close to several members of the wealthy and powerful Strozzi family.