During each edition of the Florence Biennale an International jury composed of distinguished scholars, art historians and critics from different countries confer the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award to the best exhibiting artists for their works on show.
The artists compete in a range of art categories, which, in the XIth edition of the Florence Biennale, includes Drawing, Calligraphy & Print, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art, Jewellery Art, Photography, Digital Art, Video Art, Installation Art, and Performance Art.
This award evokes the history of Florence in an age of splendour of the arts, of which we wish an enduring renascence at the time of Lorenzo de’ Medici, known as ‘the Magnificent’ (1449-1492).
The relief portrait of that Florentine humanist and patron of the arts on the medal conferred with the award that bears his name was made by the sculptor Mario Pachioli.
Who was Lorenzo “Il Magnifico”
The Lord of Florence and patron of the arts in the Renaissance, Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici, known as the Magnificent, was among one of the greatest promoters of the splendour of the Italian Renaissance. A writer and humanist, he surrounded himself with artists and intellectuals and promoted the artistic development of Florence. Thanks to him, the first Art Academy in Europe was founded, where, among others, a very young Michelangelo received his artistic training.