This is just the intro. The two pages you are mostly interested in are here:

The focus throughout these two pages is the development of art. If you wish to read the salacious things that artists did, (or better still what the soap-operatic Medicis did) you can link easily to the Wikipedia articles.

Caveats:

Acknowledgements: I make no financial gain from this site so I have some leeway on borrowing. I have borrowed extensively from Wikipedia (all material there is copyright-free, so no foul there), savagely pruning and shaping Wikipedia's articles for each artist to meet the particular needs here. But I hope I repay the favour by linking back to the original article or image in each case. On a few occasions I have linked to images on other sites so I may soon be appearing on Wanted posters throughout your domain.