Giuliano Giovanni de' Medici, 'il Popolano'

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Giuliano Giovanni de Medici, il Popolano

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Death: September 14, 1498 (30)
San Pietro, Bagno di Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Pier Francesco de Medici, 'il Vecchio' and Laudomia Acciaioli
Husband of Caterina Sforza, contessa di Forli
Father of Giovanni de' Medici, 'dalle bande nere'
Brother of Lorenzo de' Medici, 'il Popolano' and Bernardo Di Machiavelli

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About Giuliano Giovanni de' Medici, 'il Popolano'

Giovanni de' Medici, later known as il Popolano (October 21, 1467 – September 14, 1498) was an Italian nobleman of the Medici House of Florence. He was the son of Pierfrancesco di Lorenzo de' Medici, and therefore a member of a secondary branch of the family.


Giovanni was born in Florence. After his father's death (1476), he and his elder brother Lorenzo (il Popolano) came under the tutelage of their cousins Giuliano and Lorenzo (il Magnifico), and were educated by humanists such as Marsilio Ficino and Agnolo Poliziano. They conceived a passion for classical studies and books, and later created a large library of manuscripts and codexes.

Later their relationship with Lorenzo il Magnifico deteriorated, mostly for economic reasons (Lorenzo had kept for himself the Popolanos' inheritance, instead of simply administering it). After Lorenzo il Magnifico's death, they were among the opponents of Lorenzo's successor, Piero (il Fatuo), who exiled them in April 1494.

The following November, Lorenzo and Giovanni returned to Florence in the wake of Charles VIII of France's invasion of Italy, as Piero had been ousted by a Republican revolution in the city. Their support for Girolamo Savonarola gained them the Popolano ("Populist") nickname.

In 1497 Giovanni married Caterina Sforza, Lady of Forlì and Imola. They had a son, baptized Ludovico. However, after Giovanni's death soon afterwards, Caterina re-christened the baby Giovanni. He grew up to become the renowned condottiero Giovanni dalle Bande Nere.

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Giuliano Giovanni de' Medici, 'il Popolano''s Timeline

October 21, 1467
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
April 6, 1498
Age 30
Forlì, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
September 14, 1498
Age 30
Bagno di Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy