Filippo Strozzi the Elder

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Filippo Strozzi the Elder, medal (1489)

Filippo Strozzi the Elder (4 July 1428 – 14 May 1491) was an Italian banker and statesman, a member of the affluent Strozzi family of Florence.

He was born in Florence to Matteo Strozzi (son of Simone Strozzi and Andreina Rondinelli) and Alessandra Macinghi (daughter of Filippo Macinghi).[1] He was banned by the Medici as a young man, together with all his family, due to the opposition of Palla Strozzi against Cosimo de' Medici. He moved to Naples,[2] and here he gained a renowned status as a banker.

When he returned to Florence he commissioned Benedetto da Maiano for the construction of the famous family palace; however, he died before the completion of the works, in 1534.[2] He also had Maiano, along with Filippino Lippi, build a notable chapel in the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. Completed in 1502, it houses Strozzi's remains.


He married two times, and produced 12 children.

Fiammetta Adimari[edit]

With Fiammetta Adimari (in 1466), daughter of Donato Adimari, who gave him five children:

  • Alfonso (1467-1534)
  • Lucrezia (1469-1481)
  • Alessandro (1471–1473)
  • Leonora (1472-1473)
  • Maria

Salvaggia Gianfigliazzi[edit]

With Salvaggia Gianfigliazzi,[1] daughter of Bartolommeo Gianfigliazzi (in 1477), who gave him:

  • Lorenzo (1482–1549), who founded the line of the Princes of Forano[1]
  • Fiammetta (b. 1476)
  • Gian Battista (died 1484)
  • Alessandra
  • Caterina
  • Lucrezia (b. 1487)
  • Gian Battista, best known as Filippo Strozzi the Younger (1489-1538),[1] husband of Clarice de' Medici.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Smithers, Tamara (2016). Michelangelo in the New Millennium: Conversations about Artistic Practice, Patronage and Christianity. BRILL. pp. 56, 60. ISBN 9789004313637.
  2. ^ a b Art and Love in Renaissance Italy. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2008. p. 127. ISBN 9781588393005.