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Francesco Sforza

 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan, as Saint Dominic


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan, with his wife Bianca Maria Visconti as Adam and Eve


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan, as Saint Dominic


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan, depicted with the Sforza-Symbol of the hooked nose and the hair-colour, which he had as a young man


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan


 

Francesco Sforza (1401-1466), Duke of Milan


 

Francesco Sforza

Leonardo da Vinci's study for the monument of Francesco Sforza (1466), Duke of Milan


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza

Francesco Sforza as Saint William of Aniane (left) and a Carthusian donor


 

Francesco Sforza (right)

with his wife Bianca Maria Visconti and his son Galeazzo Maria Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza

as the main male Saint of the Milanese Dynasty, St. John the Baptist


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza as Saint Anthony Abbot


 

Francesco Sforza

and his wife Bianca Maria Visconti as Solomon and the Queen of Sheba


 

Francesco Sforza as St. Joseph


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza

on a horse, in the disguise of a dragon, which is one of the most important symbols of the family of his wife, Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Francesco Sforza


 

Francesco Sforza (right)

with his brother Alessandro (in der centre) and his best friend, Cosimo de' Medici (left)


 

Francesco Sforza


 

The drawing of the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza by Antonio del Pollaiuolo (1432-1498)


 

The just deceased Francesco Sforza

the drawing was made by the painter Paolo Uccello (NOT Domenico Ghirlandaio!)


 

This painting was commissioned by the Milanese Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza or given to him as a special present. It shows his father with his own eldest legitimate son. His father, Francesco Sforza, who at the time when this painting was made had been dead for around seven years, is depicted with his grandson Gian Galeazzo II. Maria Sforza, who was born three years after his death. Therefore grandfather and grandson have never seen each other in reality.