Machiavelli

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527), statesman and author, who together with Leonardo traveled in Cesare Borgia’s entourage in 1503 and became a friend of the artist. A leading official of Florence’s republican government, Machiavelli was influential in promoting Leonardo’s project to divert the Arno River.

 

 

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