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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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The Ginevra portrait

The Ginevra portrait is Leonardo’s first serious attempt to solve the essential problem of portraiture: how to capture the character,

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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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Masaccio, The Tribute Money

Despite his tragically short career—he died in 1428 at age 27— Masaccio would have a lasting influence on Michelangelo’s Sistine

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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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Portrait of Isabella d’Este

Even as the century progressed, the profile portrait remained the preferred format among the upper classes because of its obvious

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François I

]  François I was king of France from 1515 until his death in 1547. Leonardo was present at the peace

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Who is the Mysterious Lady with an Ermine?

Another truly enigmatic painting is the so-called portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, currently in Krakow, Poland. Of all the

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