A view of the Colleoni Chapel, in Bergamo, Italy.
The chapel is the burial place of the condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni, head of one of the city's most illustrious families. Condottieri were essentially mercenary generals with their own armies, and were a common feature of medieval politics in Italy. City-states like Venice, Genoa and Florence had grown enormously rich during the Renaissance, but had little or no military to guard their wealth and trade routes, so they contracted with private armies for protection.
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