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Portrait of Lucrezia (di Cosimo) de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino.

Lucrezia de' Medici. According to the Medici Archives, Lucrezia was born February 14th, 1545 and died April 21st, 1561. She was the daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici and Eleanor of Toledo.

Born in Florence, she was the first wife of Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Modena and Ferrara, whom she married on July 3d, 1558. She moved to Ferrara only two years later, after being abandoned by her husband, who preferred the Court of Henry II of France. Her sudden death spurred rumours that she was poisoned, but it is more likely that she instead died of tuberculosis.

After the ground-breaking book of Louis S. Friedland of 1936, experts claim she is the Duchess on the painting referred to in Robert Browning's poem My Last Duchess.




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