Federico II, Duke of Mantua
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Federico II of Gonzaga (May 17, 1500 – August 28, 1540), was the ruler of the Italian city of Mantua (first as Marquis, later as Duke) from 1519 until his death. He was also Marquis of Montferrat from 1536.
Having suffered long from syphilis, which he had inherited from his father, he died in 1540 at his villa at Marmirolo. His son Francesco briefly held the title of 2nd Duke of Mantua before dying in his teens; the second son, Gugliemo, became 3rd Duke of Mantua as well as Duke of Montferrat and carried on the line.
- The Ovid Room; Correggio's mythological cycle based on Ovid's Metamorphoses
- Sack of Rome
- Italian Wars