Bernardo Clesio

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Bernardo Clesio

Bernardo III Clesio (11 March 1484 – 30 July 1539) was an Italian cardinal, bishop, prince, diplomat, humanist and botanist.

Born in Cles, in that period part of the prince-bishopric of Trent, today Trentino, he graduated from the University of Bologna, and later became Prince-bishop of Trento (1514–1539), bishop of Brixen (1539), cardinal, and chancellor for the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I.

He was a fundamental contributor to the organization of the Council of Trent, bringing the Council to his hometown of Trento and greatly embellishing and expanding the city in the process. He commissioned the rebuilding of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Trento, enlarged the Castello del Buonconsiglio and called Renaissance artists such as Dosso Dossi and Romanino to decorated the new sections.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
George II von Neideck
Bishop of Trento
Succeeded by
Cristoforo Madruzzo
Preceded by
George of Austria
Bishop of Brixen
Succeeded by
Christoph Fuchs von Fuchsberg