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"Julia Orsini" appeared in 19th century as an expression for otherwise "Giulia Farnese" and also "Giulia la bella", who married in 1489 Orsino Orsini, became the lover of Pope Alexander VI c. 1492/93, was captured by the French army 1494, released for high ransom, became a public scandal, had her role as mistress of the pope till 1500. She died in 1522.
Her brother was made cardinal by a favor of Pope Alexander and became himself Pope as Paul III (1534 - 1549).

painted by Raphael

public scandal

... Giulia was referred to as "the Pope's whore" or sarcastically as "the bride of Christ". ...

Through her intimacy with the Pope she was able to get her brother Alessandro created Cardinal. This earned him the title of "Cardinal of the skirts" from Pasquino.
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