Remains of celebrated de' Medici condottieri exhumed

Gino Fornaciari, professor of forensic anthropology and director of the pathology Museum at the University of Pisa, leads a team of scientists who recently exhumed the body of Giovanni de' Medici, considered one of the greatest warriors of the age. The team plans to study the body to better understand Renaissance surgery.

A celebrated commander, Giovanni de' Medici nonetheless died at the age of 28 when a cannon ball destroyed his leg during a battle in Lombardy in 1526. The condottieri died five days later after a botched surgery to amputate his leg.