Most modern historians perpetuate the myth that Giuliano de' Medici (1479–1516), son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, was nothing more than an inconsequential, womanizing hedonist with little inclination or ability for politics. In the first sustained biography of this misrepresented figure, Josephine Jungic re-evaluates Giuliano’s life and shows that his infamous reputation was exaggerated by Medici partisans who feared his popularity and respect for republican self-rule. Rejecting the autocratic rule imposed by his nephew, Lorenzo (Duke of Urbino), and brother, Giovanni (Pope Leo X), Giuliano advocated restraint and retention of republican traditions, believing his family should be “first among equals” and not more. As a result, the family and those closest to them wrote him out of the political scene, and historians – relying too heavily upon the accounts of supporters of Cardinal Giovanni and the Medici regime – followed suit. Interpreting works of art, books, and letters as testimony, Jungic constructs a new narrative to demonstrate that Giuliano was loved and admired by some of the most talented and famous men of his day, including Cesare Borgia, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael. More than a political biography, this volume offers a refreshing look at a man who was a significant patron and ally of intellectuals, artists, and religious reformers, revealing Giuliano to be at the heart of the period’s most significant cultural accomplishments.
|Publisher:||McGill-Queens University Press|
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About the Author
Josephine Jungic (19422013) was professor of art history at Capilano University.
Table of Contents
1 Florence and the Medici 14
2 Giuliano and His Venetian Friends 36
3 Giuliano and Cesare Borgia 54
4 Giuliano and Machiavelli 73
5 Giuliano, Capo of Florence 98
6 Giuliano and the Boscoli-Capponi Conspiracy 117
7 Giuliano and Leonardo da Vinci 135
8 Giuliano as Machiavelli's Il Principe 157
9 Raphael's Portrait of Giuliano as Machiavelli's New Prince 183
10 Death and Burial 195