The Medici Archive

  • non-profit
  • historical
  • information architecture

Listen in on the private conversations of the family that dominated Renaissance Europe for over two hundred years.

After the demise of the Medici in 1743, their archive of over three million letters remained much as they left it, without catalogues or indexes. In 1995, the Medici Archive Project began developing a data management system to track the names, places, dates and topics in this vast uncharted archive. These letters allow us to “hear” privileged discussions between artists, princes, courtiers and advisors, revealing the culture and politics of the Renaissance through the thoughts of the Medici Grand Dukes, who dominated Europe from 1537 to 1743.