Portrait of Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino.
c.1536-1538. Oil on canvas. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. More. [Order a Print]
Francesco Maria della Rovere, Duke of Urbino
(1490-1538) succeeded his uncle Guidobaldo da Montefeltre as a ruler of Urbino. Though at first protected by his uncle Pope Julius II
(Giuliano della Rovere), he lost power under the Medici Pope Leo X
, but was able to regain his territories after his death. He was one of the Italy's most important military leaders and frequently served the Republic of Venice