Vincenzo II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua

Vincenzo II Gonzaga (7 January 1594 – 25 December 1627) was Duke of Mantua and Duke of Montferrat from 1626 until his death.

Vincenzo II
Vincenzo II Gonzaga, 1615
Duke of Mantua and Montferrat
PredecessorFerdinando Gonzaga
SuccessorCharles I Gonzaga
Born7 January 1594
Died25 December 1627
SpouseIsabella Gonzaga
HouseHouse of Gonzaga
FatherVincenzo I Gonzaga
MotherEleonora de' Medici

He was the son of Duke Vincent I and Eleonora de' Medici and inherited the duchy at the death of his elder brother Ferdinand, receiving the imperial investiture on 8 February 1627. He had also received a cardinalate on Ferdinando's succession, but had dismissed it in 1616 to be able to marry his relative Isabella Gonzaga, daughter of Alfonso Gonzaga, Count of Novellara.

Conscious of his unstable health, the childless Vincenzo set up a descendance for his lands through the marriage of his niece Maria (daughter of the former Duke Francis IV) with Charles of Nevers' son Charles of Gonzaga-Nevers. The elder Charles was a cousin of his father. Vincent died on the marriage day of Mary and Charles.


Vincenzo II Gonzaga had no direct descent from the wife, but he recognized four natural sons.[1][2]

By Paola Scarpelli:

By Luigia "the Spanish":




  • Coniglio, Giuseppe (1967). I Gonzaga. Varese: Dall'Oglio.
Preceded by
Duke of Mantua
Succeeded by
Charles I
Duke of Montferrat
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