Leopoldo de 'Medici

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Cardinal Leopoldo de 'Medici, portrait by Giovanni Battista Gaulli

Leopoldo de 'Medici (born November 6, 1617 in Florence , † November 10, 1675 there ) was an Italian cardinal and art patron.

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The youngest son of the Tuscan Grand Duke Cosimo II and Maria Magdalena of Austria was a member of the influential Medici family. He had inherited the Habsburg lower lip from his mother .

He was in 1667 by Clement IX. elevated to cardinal, in 1668 he was appointed cardinal deacon by Santi Cosma e Damiano . In 1670 he moved to Santa Maria in Cosmedin . De Medici was interested in the sciences and in 1638 brought about a re-establishment of the Platonic Academy , which was not uncommon at the time. Together with his brother, the ruling Grand Duke Ferdinando II , he initiated the Accademia del Cimento , which is dedicated to nature observation and scientific experimentation .

Leopoldo was also a passionate art collector, many of the pieces he collected can now be seen in the Uffizi .


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