Bernardo Clesio

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Bernardo Clesio
Bishop of Trento
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ChurchRoman Catholic
Term ended1539
PredecessorGeorge II von Neideck
SuccessorCristoforo Madruzzo
Ordination10 December 1515
Created cardinal9 March 1530
by Clement VII
Personal details
Born(1484-03-11)11 March 1484
Cles, Prince-Bishopric of Trent
Died30 July 1539(1539-07-30) (aged 55)

Bernardo Clesio (German: Bernhard von Cles; 1 March 1484 – 30 July 1539) was an Italian Cardinal, bishop, diplomat, humanist and botanist.

Born in Cles, in the Prince-Bishopric of Trent, today Trentino, he graduated from the University of Bologna. He later became Prince-Bishop of Trent (1514–1539) and of Brixen (1539), cardinal, and chancellor of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I.

He was a key contributor to the organization of the Council of Trent and greatly embellished and expanded Trento in the process. He commissioned the rebuilding of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Trento, enlarged the Castello del Buonconsiglio and called upon Renaissance artists such as Dosso Dossi and Romanino to decorated the additions.


External links[edit]

  • Miranda, Salvador. "CLES, Bernhard von (1485-1539)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Trento
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Brixen
Succeeded by