Giuliano de' Medici

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Giuliano de' Medici
Giuliano de' Medici by Sandro Botticelli.jpeg
Portrait by Sandro Botticelli.
Born25 March 1453
Florence, Republic of Florence
Died26 April 1478 (aged 25)
Florence Cathedral, Republic of Florence
Noble familyMedici
FatherPiero the Gouty
MotherLucrezia Tornabuoni

Giuliano de' Medici (25 March 1453 – 26 April 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.[1] He was killed by a sword wound to the head and was stabbed 19 times.[2]

Giuliano de' Medici, terracotta bust by Andrea del Verrocchio, c. 1475/1478, in the National Gallery of Art.[3]

After a modest funeral on 30 April 1478,[4] Giuliano was buried in his father's tomb in the Church of San Lorenzo,[5] but later, with his brother Lorenzo, was reinterred in the Medici Chapel of the same church, in a tomb surmounted by a statue of the Madonna and Child of Michelangelo.[2][6]

Personal life[edit]

Giuliano had been promised in marriage to Semiramade Appiani Aragona, daughter of Iacopo IV Appiani, the Lord of Piombino [4] but died before their wedding.[citation needed]

Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, Giuliano's illegitimate son by his mistress Fioretta Gorini,[7] went on to become Pope Clement VII.[8]

In other media[edit]

Giuliano de' Medici is portrayed by Tom Bateman in Starz's original series Da Vinci's Demons.[9] He has an affair with Vanessa, who becomes pregnant with his child.[10] He is murdered in the season 1 finale.[11] Giuliano de' Medici will be portrayed by Bradley James in the second season of the TV series Medici: Masters of Florence.[12]

Giuliano makes a brief appearance in Assassin's Creed II where he was brutally murdered by Francesco de Pazzi and other conspirators who were members of the Templars seeking to take over Florence.[13]

Angelo Poliziano wrote two works which include Giuliano de' Medici as a major character. Stanze cominciate per la giostra del Magnifico Giuliano de’ Medici was written to commemorate a joust that Giuliano won in 1475.[14] It is mostly fictionalized and involves Giuliano's love for Simonetta Vespucci. It was left unfinished, for both of his protagonists (Giuliano and Simonetta) died. The other work is Coniurationis Commentarium, which was written in 1478 to commemorate Giuliano's murder. It explains the people involved in the plot and the events of the day of his assassination.[15]


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  2. ^ a b Koestler-Grack, Rachel A. (1974). Joseph, Michael, ed. Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Inventor, and Renaissance Man. Infobase Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 978-0791086261.
  3. ^ "Giuliano de' Medici". National Gallery of Art. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Simonetta, Marcello (2008). The Montefeltro Conspiracy. United States: Doubleday. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-385-52468-1.
  5. ^ Geer, Samuel Taylor (June 14, 2012). "Giuliano de Medici". Find a Grave. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Barenboim, Peter; Shiyan, Sergey (2006). "The Sacred Feminine and the Triads of Michelangelo and Botticelli". Moscow. ISBN 5-85050-825-2.
  7. ^ Penny (12 September 2011). "The true son of the Devil, an Antichrist and abominable tyrant – or just unable to make up his mind?". Beyond the Yalla Dog. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  8. ^ Sannio, Simone (6 December 2016). "Inside the Medici Chapels, the "Masters of Florence"'s Mausoleum". L'Italo-Americano. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  9. ^ Terrace, Vincent (December 14, 2017). Encyclopedia of Television Shows: A Comprehensive Supplement, 2011-2016. McFarland & Company. p. 45. ISBN 9781476671383.
  10. ^ Houx, Damon (June 7, 2013). "'Da Vinci's Demons' Season Finale Review: "The Lovers"". Screen Crush. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Carabott, Chris (June 1, 2013). "Da Vinci's Demons: "The Hierophant" Review". IGN. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Clarke, Stewart (August 10, 2017). "Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix's 'Medici'". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Castaño Ruiz, Clara (October 18, 2015). "Assassin's Creed: 10 momentos históricos de la saga". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Aquilecchia, Giovanni; Oldcorn, Anthony. "The Renaissance". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Poliziano, Angelo; Perini, Leandro. Coniurationis Commentarium. Firenze University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-88-6655-117-1.

External links[edit]

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