The Lansdowne Madonna

Madonna of the Yarnwinder, also known as The Lansdowne Madonnam is probably a painting by one of Leonardo’s more gifted

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Cesare Borgia

  Cesare Borgia, made famous by the “Borgias” TV series, was the illegitimate son of the Spanish Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia,

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Madonna of the Carnation

In 1481, Leonardo received his first “big” commission, the one that had the potential of cementing his reputation as one

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Ludovico “Il Moro” Sforza

  Ludovico “Il Moro” Sforza was Duke of Milan from 1494-1499, and along with his wife Beatrice d’ Este spent

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Francesco da Vinci

Francesco da Vinci was Leonardo’s paternal uncle, who lived in the family’s farmhouse in Vinci and is thought to have

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School of Verrocchio, Lorenzo de Medici

To be a successful artist in the 1470’s meant having a connection to the private circle of Lorenzo de’ Medici,

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Caterina

Caterina was Leonardo’s mother. Shortly after Leonardo was born in 1452, she married a lime burner named Antonio di Piero

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Who is Ginevra de’ Benci?

Ginevra de’ Benci (1473-1536) was the wife of Luigi di Bernardo Niccolini. We believe she sat for a portrait by

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Ser Piero da Vinci

SER PIERO DA VINCI was Leonardo’s father, a successful, middle-class legal notary to merchant families in Florence. He did not

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“The Baptism of Christ” by Andrea Verrocchio

  The angel at far left in this painting. "The Baptism of Christ," by Andrea Verrocchio in 1475 is believed

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