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A tapestry with the arms of Cardinal  Ippolito de Medici (1511-1535) By Francesco Salviati, 1529 - 1535

A tapestry with the arms of Cardinal Ippolito de Medici (1511-1535) By Francesco Salviati, 1529 - 1535

The conspiracy of Count Fiesco  Author: Jean Francois Paul de Gondi (Cardinal de Retz) - Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (September 29, 1613 - August 24, 1679) Was a French churchman, writer of memoirs, and agitator in the Fronde. The Florentine banking family of the Gondi HAD beens Introduced into France by Catherine de 'Medici; Catherine offert Jerome (Girolamo) de Gondi in 1573 the castle That he made the nucleus of the Château de Saint-Cloud

The conspiracy of Count Fiesco Author: Jean Francois Paul de Gondi (Cardinal de Retz) - Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz (September 29, 1613 - August 24, 1679) Was a French churchman, writer of memoirs, and agitator in the Fronde. The Florentine banking family of the Gondi HAD beens Introduced into France by Catherine de 'Medici; Catherine offert Jerome (Girolamo) de Gondi in 1573 the castle That he made the nucleus of the Château de Saint-Cloud

Cutaway illustration showing the built portion of the Villa Madama.  Designed by Raphael for Giulio de Medici ca. 1516.

Cutaway illustration showing the built portion of the Villa Madama. Designed by Raphael for Giulio de Medici ca. 1516.

Portrait of Prince Alessandro de' Medici Alessandro, the first Duke of Florence, born of a union between a North African slave named Simonetta, and, it appears, the future Pope Clement VII.

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Portrait of Prince Alessandro de' Medici Alessandro, the first Duke of Florence, born of a union between a North African slave named Simonetta, and, it appears, the future Pope Clement VII.

Louis XIII was prematurely bald and took to wearing wigs, a habit expanded by his son, Louis XIV, which then became a fashion.   Shaving the head also reduced infestations by lice.

Louis XIII was prematurely bald and took to wearing wigs, a habit expanded by his son, Louis XIV, which then became a fashion. Shaving the head also reduced infestations by lice.

Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (30 July 1549 – 17 February 1609) was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1587 to 1609, having succeeded his older brother Francesco I.

Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (30 July 1549 – 17 February 1609) was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1587 to 1609, having succeeded his older brother Francesco I.

Rhetorics, Art of Memory. Aristotle, 1570. Annotated copy of the most important work on art of persuasion. Dedicated to Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici (1549-1609)

Rhetorics, Art of Memory. Aristotle, 1570. Annotated copy of the most important work on art of persuasion. Dedicated to Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici (1549-1609)

Catherine de' Medici saved the crown of France; she maintained the royal authority in the midst of circumstances under which more than one great prince would have succumbed. Having to make head against factions and ambitions like those of the Guises and the house of Bourbon, against men such as the two Cardinals of Lorraine, the two Balafres, and the two Condes.

Catherine de' Medici saved the crown of France; she maintained the royal authority in the midst of circumstances under which more than one great prince would have succumbed. Having to make head against factions and ambitions like those of the Guises and the house of Bourbon, against men such as the two Cardinals of Lorraine, the two Balafres, and the two Condes.

Alessandro de' Medici (1510-1537) ruled Florence as its first Duke. The illegitimate son of Cardinal Giulio de' Medici and an African slave, he was called il Moro, the Moor. Alessandro had two children Giulio and Giulia with his mistress Taddea Malespina and through them the majority of the Italian noble houses are descended. There are many portraits of the Duke including Cristofano dell'Altissimo's (1525–1605) painting from the Giovio Series.

Alessandro de' Medici (1510-1537) ruled Florence as its first Duke. The illegitimate son of Cardinal Giulio de' Medici and an African slave, he was called il Moro, the Moor. Alessandro had two children Giulio and Giulia with his mistress Taddea Malespina and through them the majority of the Italian noble houses are descended. There are many portraits of the Duke including Cristofano dell'Altissimo's (1525–1605) painting from the Giovio Series.

Baton with the Arms of Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici  17th century  Engraved ivory, 150 cm  Museo degli Argenti, Florence

Baton with the Arms of Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici 17th century Engraved ivory, 150 cm Museo degli Argenti, Florence

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