Giuliano de' Medici (1479–1516), Duke of Nemours

Workshop (?) of Raphael Italian

Not on view

This painting is an early copy of a portrait by Raphael of Giuliano de Medici, Pope Leo X's younger brother. Giuliano sat for his portrait so that it could be sent to Philiberte of Savoy, the aunt of Francis I of France, to whom he had become engaged. As the couple had not yet met the portrait gave her an idea of his appearance. The match was a political one. Pope Leo was hoping to cement the alliance between the French and the papacy. Portraits were often included in the diplomatic arrangements of such dynastic marriages.

Giuliano de' Medici (1479–1516), Duke of Nemours, Workshop (?) of Raphael (Italian, Urbino 1483–1520 Rome), Tempera and oil on canvas

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