Cosimo de'Medici - Source picture: Wikipedia
His parents were Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and Maria Salviati.
Cosimo was a member of the House of Medici although from a different
brand of the family.
In June 1537 Cosimo was recognized as head of the Florence State by
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
In 1539 he married Eleonora di Toledo, daughter of Don Pedro Alvarez
de Toledo (Spanish Viceroy of Naples). They had 7 children together.
In 1570, after the death of Eleonora, Cosimo married Camilla Martelli.
They had 1 child together.
Cosimo I de' Medici died on April 21st. 1574. He was succeeded by
his son Francesco I de' Medici.
He was buried in the Medici Chapel @ the Basilica of San Lorenzo in
Like every de' Medici, Cosimo I was a patron of Art.
He also promoted the Navy of Florence.
In Florence there is a big statue of Cosimo I de' Medici, on a horse.