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Saturday, 11 August 2012

House of Sforza

Muzio Attendolo Sforza and Italian condottiero,founder of the Sforza dynasty

Francesco Sforza Duke of Milan,illegitimate son of Muzio Sforza by Bonifacio Bembo,c.1460

Bianca Maria Visconti Duchess of Milan,wife of Francesco Sforza,by Bonifacio Bembo,c.1460

Marriage of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti in 1441

Alessandro Sforza Lord of Pesaro,second illegitimate son of Muzio Sforza 

from the Sforza Tryptych,1450-60

Sveva da Montefeltro second wife of Alessandro Sforza,late XV c.

 Galeazzo Maria Sforza Duke of Milan,son of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria by Pierro del Pollaiolo,c.1471

Galeazzo Maria Sforza's court,XVth c.

 Engraving of Bona of Savoy Duchess of Milan,wife of Galeazzo Maria Sforza

Bona of Savoy with a saint,XVth c.

 Lucrezia Landriani,mistress of Galeazzo Sforza by Antonio del Pollaiolo,1465

Lucia Marliani another mistress of Galeazzo Sforza

 The baby Ippolita Sforza,daughter of Galeazzo and Bianca Maria with her mother represented as

 the Virgin Mary and the infant Christ

Ippolita Maria Sforza (left) as St. Lucia next to her sister-in-law Bona of Savoy (centre) as St. Catherine of Alexandria and her sister Elisabetta Maria (right) as St. Magdalene,1480s

Ippolita Maria Sforza,Duchess of Calabria,as St. Lucia,det.

Filippo Maria Sforza Count of Corsica and Pavia,son of Galeazzo and Bianca Maria,(second from left,with his siblings Galeazzo Maria, Ippolita Maria and Sforza Maria from left to right),c.1465-70

 Ludovico Sforza Duke of Milan,son of Galeazzo and Bianca Maria,also called Ludovico il Moro

Ludovico Sforza with his family by Master of Pala Sforzesca in 1494

 Beatrice d'Este Duchess of Milan wife of Ludovico Sforza

 by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis,c.1490

Beatrice d'Este by Bartolomeo Veneto,c.1500

Cecilia Gallerani,mistress of Ludovico Sforza by Leonardo da Vinci,1480-90

Possible portrait of Costanzo Sforza Lord of Pesaro,son of Alessandro Sforza,

by Justus of Ghent,1480s

 Battista Sforza Duchess of Urbino,illegitimate daughter of Alessandro Sforza  

by Pierro della Francesca,1465-70

Ginevra Sforza,illegitimate daughter of Alessndro Sforza 

Gian Galeazzo Sforza Duke of Milan as Saint Sebastian,son of Galeazzo Sforza and 

Bona of Savoy,by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio,late XV c.

 Gian Galeazzo Sforza by Benedetto Briosco,c.1490

 Isabella of Naples Duchess of Milan,wife of Gian Galeazzo,by Raphael,1480-90

Isabella of Naples,Duchess of Milan  

Isabella of Naples,Duchess of Milan by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio  

 Bianca Maria Sforza,Holy Roman Empress,daughter of Galeazzo Sforza and Bona of Savoy by Ambrogio de Predis,1493-95

Bianca Maria by Ambrogio de Predis,1493

Statue of Bianca Maria at the Imperial palace of Innsbruck

Bianca Maria by Bernhard Strigel,1505-10

 Bianca Maria,a renaissance sketch

 Another sketch of Bianca Maria Sforza

 Anna Sforza Duchess of Ferrara,daughter of Galeazzo and Bona of Savoy

Caterina Sforza Lady of Imola and Forli,illegitimate daughter of Galeazzo Sforza 

and Lucrezia Landriani,by Lorenzo di Credi,1481-83

Maximillian Sforza Duke of Milan,son of Ludovico Sforza and Beatrice d'Este,

as a child meeting the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I

 Francesco II Sforza last Duke of Milan,son of Ludovico Sforza and Bona of Savoy 

by Bartolomeo Veneto,1520-30

Francesco II Sforza,Duke of Milan

Christina of Denmark Duchess of Milan,wife of Francesco II Sforza 

by unknown French painter,1568-72

Giovanni Paolo I Sforza Marquess of Caravaggio,illegitimate son of Ludovico Sforza

Supposed portrait of Bianca Sforza,an illegitimate daughter of Lodovico il Moro,c.1500

Francesco Sforza Count of Pavia known as il Duchetto,son of Gian Galeazzo and Isabella of Naples,c.1501

 Bona Sforza Queen of Poland,daughter of Gian Galeazzo and Isabella of Naples


  1. I am doing a research on the iconography of the Sforzas and would be very grateful to know your references for "Ippolita Maria Sforza (left) as St. Lucia next to her sister-in-law Bona of Savoy (centre) as St. Catherine of Alexandria and her sister Elisabetta Maria (right) as St. Magdalene,1480s". In particular, I am interested in any contemporary portraits of Elisabetta Maria Sforza. Many thanks!


  2. Ludovico Sforza said il Moro is not the son of Galeazzo, he is the second son of Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti.

  3. May I ask you a reference you used to identify these faces in the portraits?
    I come from Milan and many things you say appears to be odd (say, Bona of Savoia was not the wife of Ludovico il Moro, in fact she was married with Galeazzo Sforza, brother of Ludovico). Can you help me sorting this out?