Giovanni Gastone de’ Medici best known as Gian Gastone was born in Florence in 1671. He had a very good relationship with his mother Margherita Luisa d’Orleans but not with his father Cosimo III de’ Medici.
During his childhood he received the best education. He was very intelligent and showed some devotion to scientific interests specially botany, becoming one of the princes with the highest education of these days time. He knew Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, German and English as well.
The Untold history says that his first contact with one of his greatest lover, Giuliano Dami, a beautiful Tuscan farmer, was some years after the marriage of the Duke’s brother.
Gian Gastone and Giuliano Dami met each other during a visit to the Medici court. Gastone remained astonished by the physical appearance of Giuliano so he proposed him to become his servant. Giuliano became his affair and admirer. They used to see each other even when the Duke got married with the princess Anna Maria Francesca of Saxony-Lauenburg in 1697.
After the wedding with the princess, Gian Gastone moved to Prague and took with him Giuliano. In 1708 the Duke abandoned his wife forever and came back to Florence to live in Palazzo Pitti.
During his life in Florence he stayed out from the state affairs because he was not interested anymore and he used to spend his time reading scientific works about botany and picking antiques. He also spent his days getting drunk, participating in erotic games organized by Giuliano. Sometimes it also happened with guys of both sexes and modest social conditions that he paid them to participate in.
But one day when the Duke got sick, his power went down and he decided to prepare himself for a good Christian death. He got closer to his sister Anna Maria Luisa, an enemy of Giuliano.
When the Duke died in 1737, Giuliano Dami, fearing the revenge of Anna Maria Luisa, left Florence and lost his own traces returning to the country of birth where he spent his life and in the end he died.
Now you can find his statue at the Uffizi Gallery and his painting at the Pitti Palace.