Machiavelli

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527), statesman and author, who together with Leonardo traveled in Cesare Borgia’s entourage in 1503

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti (1475-1564), Florentine sculptor, painter and architect, and Leonardo’s principal rival. At 13, he joined the workshop

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Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli

Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli (1445-1517), Italian mathematician, teacher and Franciscan friar who was a friend and collaborator of Leonardo’s from

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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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“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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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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Cecilia Gallerani

  Cecilia Gallerani (1473-1536), one of Ludovico Sforza’s mistresses, believed to be the subject of Leonardo’s painting Lady with an

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Ginevra de’ Benci

Ginevra de’ Benci (1473-1536), wife of Luigi di Bernardo Niccolini, who sat for a portrait by Leonardo in 1474. The

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