Why Florence Was the Center of Early Italian Renaissance Art

Much of what is now Northern Italy kept legions of painters and sculptors gainfully employed in the 15th Century, but Florence outstripped every other contender. How did this Republic manage to leap from center of the wool industry to artistic center of the Western world? Read to learn how the Black Death, dueling Popes, heretical humanists, benevolent dictators and gigantic bronze doors were determining factors.