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Cecilia Gallerani

1473 - 1536

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Cecilia Gallerani (Italian pronunciation: [tʃeˈtʃiːlja ɡalleˈraːni]; early 1473 – 1536) 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 287,967 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Cecilia Gallerani is the 36th most popular celebrity (down from 31st in 2019), the 1,271st most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,219th 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 36 out of 181Before her are Mary Mallon, Kim Kardashian, Albert Pierrepoint, Blanche Monnier, Rosemary Kennedy, and Besarion Jughashvili. After her are Edie Sedgwick, Thérésa Tallien, Keke Geladze, Armi Kuusela, John B. Calhoun, and Fritz Pfeffer.

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Among people born in 1473, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 10Before her are Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, Thomas Wolsey, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, Georg von Frundsberg, and John Corvinus. After her are Henry IV, Duke of Saxony, Hans Burgkmair, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and James III of Cyprus. Among people deceased in 1536, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 11Before her are William Tyndale, Germaine of Foix, Baldassare Peruzzi, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Garcilaso de la Vega. After her are John of Leiden, George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, Gil Vicente, Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Felice della Rovere, and Jacob Hutter.

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Among people born in Italy, Cecilia Gallerani ranks 1,271 out of 4,668Before her are Saint Sabina (100), Odoric of Pordenone (1286), Blessed Gerard (1047), Giulia Tofana (1581), Naevius Sutorius Macro (-21), and Brunetto Latini (1220). After her are Carlo Maria Viganò (1941), Arnold of Brescia (1100), Gerolamo Emiliani (1486), Mathilde Bonaparte (1820), Fra Mauro (1385), and Julia Flavia (64).


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).