Indeed, OP. It is quite telling that forces of this world have tried to create a visual link between the person of Christ, and this 16th-century Italian noble whose debauchery became the inspiration for one of the most god-hating publications of our times, Machiavelli's The Prince. Not to mention his appearance is presented as somewhat effeminate as well. This book teaches its reader to promote lies knowingly and superstitions, and pretend outwardly to be Christian (in name only), in order to keep control over the people. We see this in Catholicism of the modern day. [Source for pic related quote is Mysterium iniquitatis by Philippe de Mornæi (Saumur, 1611), page 1368.]
Back in 1577, the atheism of Machiavelli and the Italians in question was called out by a Frenchman who lived at that time called Pierre de La Primaudaye. For added context to this discussion, I quote his summary of the situation on atheism and Machiavelli below, for those with the reading comprehension.
...So a man would think that France, having been for these thirty years & upwards almost continually scourged with civil wars, and that for the cause of religion, should be so far from being stained with the least spot of Atheism, as that it might now at the length truely say with the Prophet David, "It is good for me that I was afflicted," for thereby have I learned to keep thy law. And yet both this our Author and some other of that nation, knowing that this infection hath seized upon many of their country-men, have laboured by their writings to suppress the same. And surely it is greatly to be feared, that as their disguised attire covereth the bodies of many of our people, and maketh them deformed, so this poison of Atheism hath passed the narrow seas, and is landed in the hearts of no small number, to their utter destruction both of body and soul. Neither is this the fear of some few without any ground, but of a great many wise and godly Christians, who seeing the general profaneness of mens' lives almost everywhere, both publicly cry out against the present infection, and privately bewail the future evils that necessarily follow the same. And albeit peradventure there be none amongst us, that are so far gone in Atheism as Ligneroles a French Courtier of late days was, who is said to have made open profession thereof, yet if the tree may be judged of by the fruits, and the outward effects of mens' lives do shew the inward affections of their hearts, he that hath but half an eye may see, that there are a great many amongst us of those foolish men of whom David speaketh, "Who say in their hearts that there is no God." In the forefront of which company, the students of Machiavels principles and practicers of his precepts may worthily be ranged. This bad fellow whose works are no less accounted of among his followers, than were Apollo's Oracles among the Heathen, nay than the sacred Scriptures are among sound Christians, blusheth not to belch out these horrible blasphemies against pure religion, and so against God the Author thereof, namely, "That the religion of the heathen made them stout & courageous, whereas Christian religion maketh the professors thereof base-minded, timerous, & fit to become a pray to every one": "that since men fell from the religion of the Heathen, they became so corrupt that they would believe neither God nor the Devil: that Moses so possessed the land of Judaea, [just] as the Goths did by strong hand usurp part of the Roman Empire.
These and such like positions are spewed out by this hell-hound sometime against true religion, otherwhiles against the religion and Church of Rome, sometimes also taxing the religion of the heathen, of falsehood, and cousinage: so that in truth he would have all religion to be of like account with his disciples, except it be so far forth as the pretence and show of religion may serve to set forward and effect their wicked pollicies. And for this cause he setteth down this rule for every Prince and Magistrate to frame his religion by, namely, that he should pretend to be very religious and devout, although it be but in hypocrisy. And to this he addeth a second precept no less impious, that a Prince should with tooth and nail maintain false myracles and untruths in religion, so long as his people may thereby be kept in greater obedience. Now what fruits we are to expect from the students of this profession, let all men judge. . .