Donatello was born and died in Florence, but he also worked for patrons elsewhere in Italy, including Prato, Siena, Naples and notably Padua, where he spent nearly ten years of his life. The Republic of Florence was effectively ruled by the Medici, a powerful banking family, for much of this period. Donatello was a favourite of Cosimo de' Medici (1389–1464), the grandfather of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Artistic production was flourishing in Florence at this time, with patrons vying to attract the best artists to embellish religious, civic and domestic buildings and to make devotional and domestic objects. The talented Donatello was much in demand. His powerful sculptures could be seen across the cityscape of Florence.