Cecilia Gallerani

1473 - 1536

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Cecilia Gallerani (Italian pronunciation: [tʃeˈtʃiːlja ɡalleˈraːni]; 1473 – 1536), born in Siena, Republic of Siena, was the favourite and most celebrated of the many mistresses of Ludovico Sforza, known as Lodovico il Moro, Duke of Milan. She is best known as the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Lady with an Ermine (circa 1489). While posing for the painting, she invited Leonardo, who at the time was working as court artist for Sforza, to meetings at which Milanese intellectuals discussed philosophy and other subjects. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecilia Gallerani has received more than 262,065 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Cecilia Gallerani is the 31st most popular celebrity (down from 26th in 2019), the 1,219th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,076th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Celebrity.

Cecilia Gallerani was a mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. She is most famous for being Leonardo da Vinci's muse and the subject of his painting Lady with an Ermine.

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Among celebrities, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 31 out of 184Before her are Chandra Bahadur Dangi, Peggy Guggenheim, Dodi Fayed, Mary Anning, Marie Duplessis, and Rosemary Kennedy. After her are Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Sarah Knauss, Jean-Marie Loret, Besarion Jughashvili, Armi Kuusela, and Albert Pierrepoint.

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Among people born in 1473, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 9Before her are James IV of Scotland, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, Thomas Wolsey, Georg von Frundsberg, John Corvinus, and Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales. After her are Hans Burgkmair, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Henry IV, Duke of Saxony, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and James III of Cyprus. Among people deceased in 1536, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 10Before her are Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Germaine of Foix, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, William Tyndale, George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, and Baldassare Peruzzi. After her are John of Leiden, Garcilaso de la Vega, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Gil Vicente, Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and Felice della Rovere.

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Among people born in Italy, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 1,219 out of 4,088Before her are Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany (1663), Andrea Solari (1460), Vittorino da Feltre (1378), Giuseppe Castiglione (1688), Eleanor de' Medici (1567), and Luigi Einaudi (1874). After her are Stefano di Giovanni (1392), Francis V, Duke of Modena (1819), Giovanni il Popolano (1467), Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius (-130), Giovanni Boldini (1842), and Princess Mafalda of Savoy (1902).


Among celebrities born in Italy, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 5Before her are Ötzi (-3345), Lisa del Giocondo (1479), Simonetta Vespucci (1453), and Rosalia Lombardo (1918). After her are Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837) and Milena Miconi (1971).