Catherine de' Medici and her children: Charles IX, Henry III, Francis the duke d'Alençon, and Margaret queen of Navarre. Francois Clouet. Once in the collection of Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, it is now in the Victoria and Albert.
Read about the life of accomplished Isabella de' Medici (1542-1576), and the horrific murders of the Medici princesses that shocked 16th century Europe: http://madameguillotine.org.uk/2011/10/24/9436/ IMAGE: Isabella de’ Medici, Allori, c1555. Photo: Pitti Palace, Florence.
Cosimo de' Medici, c.1505. | Còsimo di Giovanni degli Mèdici was the first of the Medici political dynasty, de facto rulers of Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance; also known as "Cosimo 'the Elder'" and "Cosimo Pater Patriae".