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The Medici Family



The Medici Family
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.8

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     challenging words:    patronage, ruling, rivalry, banker, prominence, patron, bankers, best, infamous, politician, banking, philosophy, cultural, teens, sponsor, value
     content words:    Renaissance Europe, Fra Angelico, Pope Leo, Pope Clement VII, Grand Duke


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The Medici Family
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Many kids and teens like to ride skateboards in their free time. Not many people skate full time, but a few do. How do they do it? Full-time skaters often have a sponsor. This sponsor may be the owner of a company who thinks that the skater will be good advertising for his business.
 
2     Maybe the sponsor is a shoe company. The sponsor pays the skater and arranges tours. Everywhere the skater goes, he wears the sponsor's latest shoes. The skater gets to skate, and the sponsor gets what he wants, too - in this case, advertising.
 
3     Something similar was going on in Renaissance Europe. Families of rich businessmen sponsored artists and other creative people. The artists got to spend all of their time painting. The sponsors, known as patrons of the arts, got what they wanted - in this case, a big dose of culture for their favorite city.

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