Not required reading but worth dipping into if you want to expand your Renaissance knowledge with some current thinking
The book takes the works that Michelangelo produced for the Florentine Republic between 1501 and 1506 as a case study in an artist’s engagement with art’s political function. That function had become a topic of debate by the late fifteenth century, witnessed by a decline of artistic commissions and the burning of existing works of art. That debate was part of an organized campaign to reverse Florentine culture in the eighteen years after the expulsion of the Medici in 1494 – also the years in which older scholarship locates the origins of High Renaissance art.
Not sure you'd call these exactly historical but they do set the context for one of Florence's most influential families...the Medici. Might be interesting to compare the ideas in here with those we discuss in class. Would definitely recommend watching the whole first programme which is parts 1-6. Links for parts 2-5 given below:
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6