Detail from “Cosimo II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany” by
Cristofano Allor. Circa 1608-1618.

Cosimo II de’ Medici (12 May 1590 – 28 February 1621) was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1609 until 1621. He was the elder son of the then incumbent Grand Duke andChristina of Lorraine. He married Maria Magdalena of Austria, and had eight children.

For the majority of his eleven-year reign, he delegated the administration of Tuscany to his ministers. He is best remembered as the patron of Galileo Galilei, his childhood tutor. He died of tuberculosis in 1621.


Father:  Giovanni dalle Bande Nere
Mother:  Maria Salivate
Spouse(s): Maria Maddalena of Austria
Children:  Ferdinando II Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cardinal Gian Carlo, Margherita Duchess of Parma, Mattias Governor of Siena, Francesco Anna Archduchess of Austria, Cardinal Leopoldo

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Further reading


  • Wikipedia for background, portrait.