Ficino, Marsilio


Ficino, Marsilio
(1433-1499)
   Priest, doctor, musician, translator of ancient texts, writer, philosopher, and key figure of the Renaissance. Marsilio Ficino enjoyed the patronage of the Medici rulers of Florence. While in the service of Cosimo de' Medici, Ficino translated the dialogues of Plato, making them available to the West for the first time and thus providing the essential texts for the revival of Platonism. With Cosimo's backing, he also established the Platonic Academy in Florence. His translations were followed by his own writing of the Theologia Platónica (1469-1474), Concerning the Christian Religion (1474), and On the Threefold Life (1489), works that seek to reconcile pagan philosophy with Christianity. In the 1480s and early 1490s, while working for Lorenzo "the Magnificent" de' Medici, he also translated the writings of Plotinus and Proclus, thus enlightening his followers on the Neoplatonists from antiquity. At Lorenzo's court, Ficino was one of those learned members who, along with Sandro Botticelli, the young Michelangelo, and the poet Angelo Poliziano, shaped the character of Renaissance intellectual and cultural life.

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