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Filippo de' Medici

Death: March 29, 1582 (4) (hydrocephalus)
Immediate Family:

Son of Francesco I de' Medici, granduca di Toscana and Johanna Erzherzogin von Österreich
Brother of Eleonora de' Medici; Romola de' Medici; Isabella de' Medici; Anna de' Medici; Lucrezia di Francesco de' Medici and 1 other

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About Filippo de' Medici

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Filippo de' Medici (May 20, 1577 – March 29, 1582) was the youngest child of Francesco I de' Medici and Johanna of Austria. He was the heir to the Tuscan throne.


Filippo received his name in honour of the King Philip II of Spain. The birth was celebrated with great joy by all the court, because thus was secured the succession of the Grand Duchy for another generation and eliminated all the hopes of Bianca Capello (his father's mistress) to have her "son" Antonio as heir of Tuscany. Filippo became Grand Prince of Tuscany.

His mother died in childbirth in 1578 when he was only one year old. His father then married Bianca Capello. Filippo was one of seven children, but only two of the children survived till adulthood, Eleonora de' Medici and Marie de' Medici (who became queen consort of France). He had another sister Anna who died aged fourteen. Filippo died on 29 March1582; he was four years old, and suffered from hydrocephalus: when his skull was opened, the equivalent of about a glass of water came out. Recent study of his remains have confirmed the diagnosis.[1]


  1. ^ [1], Gino Fornaciari, Angelica Vitiello, Sara Giusiani, Valentina Giuffra, Antonio Fornaciari, Natale Villari, The Medici Project: First Anthropological and Paleopathological Results. (retrieved 23 January 2011).
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Filippo de' Medici's Timeline

May 20, 1577
March 29, 1582
Age 4