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Bianca Maria Visconti

Bianca Maria Visconti

as the second favourite Milanese Saint of the 14th and 15th centuries and at the beginning of the 16th century, St. Lucia


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

with her first son, Galeazzo Maria, as St. Mary and the Child Jesus


 

Bianca Maria Visconti, c. 1465


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

as Saint Margaret, one of the most important female saints of the Milanese House of the Visconti, because this saint was associated like the Visconti with the symbol of a dragon (the painting was most likely created because of her death in 1468)


 

This picture is showing the family of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, and Bianca Maria Visconti: On the left side next to the statue of Saint Sebastian (in the middle) you can see Francesco Sforza (close to the statue) and his sons Sforza Maria, Ascanio Maria, Lodovico Maria il Moro, Galeazzo Maria und Filippo Maria (the sons are listed from the left edge to the statue). On the right side of the statue you can find his mother-in-law Agnese del Maino, his wife Bianca Maria Visconti, and his daughters Elisabetta Maria (in the arms of her nurse) and Ippolita Maria, standing behind her mother.


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

with her first born as St. Mary and the Child Jesus


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

in bed after giving birth to her daughter Ippolita Maria (in the cradle), with her one-year-old son Galeazzo Maria (on the left side of the nurse). Both are presented to the baby Saint Stephan, who is carried by an archangel.


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

as the Virgin surrounded by angels which are depicted with the faces of her eight children


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

with her husband, Francesco Sforza, and her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria Sforza


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

Niccolò III. d'Este worshipping the Virgin (Bianca Maria Visconti) and the Child Jesus Christ (Galeazzo Maria Sforza); in 1409 the Marquis of Este added a diamond ring to the emblems of the Sforzas, in recognition of Muzio Attendolo Sforza's triumph over the tyrant of Parma, Ottobuono Terza. The new Sforza symbol is shown during the reign of Francesco and Galeazzo Maria Sforza as three interlaced diamond rings and during the reign of Lodovico il Moro and his nephew Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza as a whole chain of rings (or circles) (look at "Mona Lisa's" dress) .


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

and her first born, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, as the Virgin and her Child


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

as St. Mary with her first five children: Lodovico il Moro is the Child Jesus, his four elder siblings Galeazzo Maria, Ippolita Maria, Filippo Maria and Sforza Maria are depicted as angels. Does the view from the castle's window look familiar ?


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

with one of the most important symbols of the House of the Visconti, the dragon-like snake, which is swallowing a red (flayed) man


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin with the Child

in this painting the Child Jesus Christ is Lodovico il Moro; his elder brothers Galeazzo Maria (lower left), Filippo Maria (upper right) and Sforza Maria (upper left) and his elder sister Ippolita Maria (lower right) are depicted as little Saints


 

Bianca Maria Visconti and her first born, Galeazzo Maria, as the Virgin and the Child Jesus


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her mother Agnese del Maino


 

Bianca Maria Visconti and her son Galeazzo Maria as the Virgin and the Child Jesus


 

Bianca Maria Visconti and her son Galeazzo Maria as St. Mary and the Child Jesus


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her characteristic hairdress

this portrait was made by Fra Angelico or one of his students


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as St. Lucia


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as St. Mary Magdalene


 

Bianca Maria Visconti (definitely not the best portrait of her)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria Sforza


 

Bianca Maria Visconti (left) playing card with friends


 

Bianca Maria Visconti (Detail of the upper picture)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her beloved husband Francesco Sforza


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as St. Mary


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti three times


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

and her husband Francesco Sforza as the main Saints of the Milanese dynasty, St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. John the Baptist


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

and her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, as the Virgin and the Child Jesus with Ippolita Maria, Filippo Maria, Sforza Maria and Galeazzo Maria as angels (from left to right)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti

with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, who holds an important symbol of the Visconti in his hands, the Goldfinch


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as ball player


 

Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, as the Child Jesus Christ and her husband, Francesco Sforza (left), as Saint Franziskus of Assisi and her father-in-law, Muzio Attendolo Sforza (right), as Saint Bernardin of Siena


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, as the Child Jesus Christ


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Goddess Venus with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria, as the little God Amor


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin (Detail of the above painting)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti and her husband, Francesco Sforza (Detail)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, as the Virgin with Child


 

Bianca Maria Visconti (Detail)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, as the Virgin with Child (Detail)


 

Bianca Maria Visconti


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin


 

Bianca Maria Visconti (or her mother Agnese del Maino) as the Virgin


 

Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin with her eldest son, Galeazzo Maria Sforza (Detail)


 

The wedding of Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza on 26th of October 1441