Giuliano de' Medici

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Giuliano de' Medici
Giuliano de' Medici by Sandro Botticelli.jpeg
Portrait by Sandro Botticelli.


Pope Clement VII (illegitimate)
Noble family Medici
Father Piero the Gouty
Mother Lucrezia Tornabuoni
Born 1453
Florence, Republic of Florence
Died 26 April 1478 (aged 24–25)
Florence Cathedral, Republic of Florence

Giuliano de' Medici (1453 – April 26, 1478) was the second son of Piero de' Medici (the Gouty) and Lucrezia Tornabuoni. As co-ruler of Florence, with his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent, he complemented his brother's image as the "patron of the arts" with his own image as the handsome, sporting, "golden boy."


As the opening stroke of the Pazzi Conspiracy, he was assassinated on Sunday, 26 April 1478 in the Duomo of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, by Francesco de' Pazzi and Bernardo Baroncelli. He was killed by a sword wound to the head and was stabbed 23 times.[1]

Giuliano de' Medici, terracotta bust by Andrea del Verrocchio, c. 1475/1478, in the National Gallery of Art.

Giuliano was buried in his father's tomb in the Church of San Lorenzo but later, with his brother Lorenzo, was reinterred in the Medici Chapel of the same church, in an unmarked tomb surmounted by a statue of the Madonna and Child of Michelangelo.[1][2]


Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, Giuliano's illegitimate son by his mistress Fioretta Gorini, went on to become Pope Clement VII.

In other media[edit]

Guiliano de' Medici is portrayed by Tom Bateman in Starz's original series Da Vinci's Demons. He has an affair with Vanessa, who becomes pregnant with his child. He is murdered in the season 1 finale.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Giuliano de' Medici at Wikimedia Commons