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Francesco Melzi

Francesco Melzi, (1491-1570), son of a Milanese nobleman, joined Leonardo as a pupil in 1507. He eventually became an accomplished

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Who was the real woman behind the Mona Lisa?

Unlike Leonardo’s other sitters, the Mona Lisa (or La Gioconde as she is known in France) was neither a Duke’s

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Why Leonardo painted not one, but two Mona Lisa portraits

As we saw, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci remains a mystery—the source of a growing mythology that continues

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Vitruvian Man, ca. 1490

Leonardo was firmly convinced, like Pacioli and ancient authors before him, that nature corresponds to a fundamental set of laws,

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“Salai”

  Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, nicknamed “Salai” (1480-1524), was apprentice and close companion to Leonardo from 1490 until 1516.

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Andrea del Verrocchio

  Andrea del Verrocchio (c.1435-1488), painter, sculptor and goldsmith who apprenticed pupils including Leonardo da Vinci in his workshop, which

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Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo’s portraiture is marked by a truly revolutionary work, the portrait of a Lady with an Ermine. Of Leonardo’s key

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Lisa Gherardini

    Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), second wife of the Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo and the original subject of Leonardo’s

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Lucrezia Crivelli

  Lucrezia Crivelli, (1452-1508), lady-in-waiting to Ludovico Sforza's wife, Beatrice d' Este, who in 1495 succeeded Cecilia Gallerani as the

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Who is La belle Ferronière?

Duke Ludovico Sforza chose not to marry Cecilia Gallerani, the presumed subject Leonardo’s “Lady with an Ermine.” He instead wedded

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