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The enigmatic eminence of Cardinal Sigismondo Gonzaga

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The paper stresses the ambiguity of much of the available information about Sigismondo Gonzaga (1469–1525), his personality, cultural interests, and political importance. It concentrates upon his role as a cardinal under Julius II (d. 1513) in Rome, where he faced financial problems, and then as cardinal legate in the Marche, though he was repeatedly recalled to Mantua to assist his brother marquis Francesco and his consort Isabella d'Este. Stress is placed on Sigismondo's role in Julius II's military campaigns, on his building activity in Macerata, on his geniality, and on the ill-health (for which there are no proven links with depravity) that caused his retirement to Mantua in 1513.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Warburg Institute, University of London

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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