The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through its success in commerce and banking. The family dominated Florentine society for centuries. They also influenced the art, architecture, and politics of Florence, playing an important role in the Renaissance. The Medicis are perhaps best known for their support of the arts. They were great patrons of the arts and supported many famous artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. The Medicis were also responsible for commissioning some of the most famous works of art in the world, such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Statue of David.