Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara

Born Jul 21, 1476

Alfonso d'Este was Duke of Ferrara during the time of the War of the League of Cambrai.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara.


1476 Birth Born on July 21, 1476.


1505 28 Years Old He was the son of Ercole I d'Este and Eleanor of Naples and became duke on Ercole's death in June 1505. … Read More


1510 33 Years Old In the Italian Wars Alfonso preserved his precarious position among the contending powers by flexibility and vigilance and the unrivalled fortifications of Ferrara; he entered the League of Cambrai against Venice and remained an ally of Louis XII of France even after Pope Julius II had made peace with Venice; when the Bolognesi rebelled against Julius and toppled Michelangelo's bronze statue of the Pope from above the gate, Alfonso received the shards and recast them as a cannon named La Giulia, which he set on the ramparts of the castello: in 1510 Julius excommunicated him and declared his fiefs forfeit, thereby adding Ferrara to the Papal States; Alfonso then fought successfully against the Venetian and Papal armies, gaining the Battle of Polesella, capturing Bologna, and playing a major part in the French victory at the Battle of Ravenna (1512). … Read More
1514 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Like his brother Ippolito I, Cardinal d'Este, he was one of the great patrons of art of his time: for him the elderly Giovanni Bellini painted The Feast of the Gods in 1514, Bellini's last completed painting. … Read More


1526 49 Years Old In 1526 - 1527 Alfonso participated in the expedition of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and king of Spain, against Pope Clement VII, and in 1530 the pope again recognized him as possessor of the forfeited duchies of Modena and Reggio. … Read More


1529 52 Years Old In 1529 Alfonso created the most magnificent gallery of his time, his studiolo or camerino d'alabastro ('small alabaster room'), now usually known as his "Camerino", in order to better display his works of art against white marble-veneered walls under a gilded ceiling.
1534 58 Years Old Died on October 31, 1534.
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