SUBALBUM:  Bianca Capello de Medici

From one of the richest and noblest Venetian families, she was famed for her great beauty. At the age of fifteen she fell in love with Pietro Bonaventuri, a young Florentine clerk in the firm of Salviati, and on November 28, 1563 escaped with him to Florence, where they were married and in 1564 she had a daughter named Virginia. The Venetian government made every effort to have Bianca arrested and brought back; but the Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici intervened in her favour. She used her beauty to marry Francesco di Medici. She and Francesco died the same day. A forensic test in 2007 showed evidence of arsenic poisoning.

Her Wikipedia article is here.

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