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Ippolita Maria Sforza

Ippolita Maria Sforza

as the baby "Saint Mary" with her mother Bianca Maria Visconti, which can be seen four times


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza (lower right) with her brothers Galeazzo Maria (lower left), Filippo Maria (upper right), Sforza Maria (upper left) and Lodovico il Moro (as the Child Jesus Christ) and her mother Bianca Maria Visconti

The year of Ippolita Maria's birth we know through the following mentioned letter: "Another letter, from 1450, describes a display by the 5-year-old Ippolita Maria Sforza before the French ambassador." (in: Evelyn S. Welch: Sight, Sound and Ceremony in the Chapel of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, in: Early Music History, Vol. 12, 1993, pp. 151-190).


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza as Salome

In the background she delivers the head of Saint John the Baptist to her mother Bianca Maria Visconti and in the foreground she dances in front of her father, Francesco Sforza (the second person on the right side), and her brothers Galeazzo Maria (on the right side) and Filippo Maria, Sforza Maria and Lodovico il Moro (in the background on the right side) and two male visitors.


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

with her son Pietro as St. Mary with the Child Jesus Christ


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

(presumably made on the occasion of her death in 1488)


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

Ippolita Maria Sforza – her dress is decorated with important symbols of her family


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

dressed in the colours of the Milanese dynasty of the Visconti-Sforza, Red and White


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

by art historians named as "Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni"; again, like in the case of her daughter, the Milanese Duchess Isabella von Aragon, who has been named by the art historians as the merchant's wife Mona Lisa, there is no proof whatsoever. This portrait painting of Ippolita Maria Sforza was created in the year of her death, 1488.


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza

with her son Ferrandino, the future King of Naples, as St. Mary with the Child Jesus


 

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


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza (in the front)

with her brother Galeazzo Maria as an angel


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza (the second person from the left) with her brothers


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza as St. Ursula


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza and her husband, the future Neapolitan king Alfonso II. of Aragon


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza (left in the background you can take a look at Milan)


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza (second from the right in the first row) with her brothers Filippo Maria, Galeazzo Maria and Sforza Maria (from the left to the right in the first row)


 

Ippolita Maria Sforza as an angel (detail)