A well-known lawyer and orator, Francesco was also a dear friend and patron of Titian, according to Vasari. Titian is reported to have painted a portrait of Francesco, in addition to many other paintings, but the portrait has not survived. Francesco lived in Venice, but also owned a house in Padua.
Vincenzo Mancini, “Vertuosi” e artisti: Saggi sul collezionismo antiquario e numismatico tra Padova e Venezia nei secoli XVI e XVII (Padua, 2005), pp. 102-4, 109-17.