RANUCCIO FARNESE (1530-1565) BY TITIAN

there he is

as tiziano painted him

in fifteen forty two

at twelve years old

his grandfather is paul the third

the reigning pope

his family the first in italy

the portrait is a present for his mother

on the occasion of his first preferment

prior of san giovanni dei forlani

of the knights of malta

you see he wears their cross

in three years he was made a cardinal

later some bishoprics besides

he cares for nothing but his older brothers

who call him giuseppe when they play with him

in his shirt

giu for short

you can call him joe

(david lisle crane)

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