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Giocomo Salai

Milanese High Renaissance painter born in Oreno (1480) and died in Milan (1524), aged 44

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Florentine High Renaissance anatomist, painter, architect, sculptor, military engineer, scientist, inventor and writer

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Francesco Melzi (1491-1568) Milanese High Renaissance painter

1480

Giocomo Salai is born in Milan.

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Giocomo Salai (1480-1524): painter

1490

10 years, 3 days later

Leonardo da Vinci meets and adopts Giocomo Salai, a 10-year-old boy.

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1499

9 years, 2 days later

With the duke Ludovico Sforza's fall from power, Leonardo da Vinci flees Milan for Venice, with his assistant Giocomo Salai and friend, the mathematician Luca Pacioli.

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Ludovico Sforza (1452-1508), aged 47: duke
Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), aged 54: mathematician
Giocomo Salai (1480-1524), aged 19: painter

1502

3 years later

Leonardo da Vinci gifts to his pupil Salai a precious garment given to him by Cesare Borgia.

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Cesare Borgia (1475-1507), aged 27: condottiero; cardinal; duke
Giocomo Salai (1480-1524), aged 22: painter

Source: Primary

Pedretti, Carlo. "Leonardo: A Study in Chronology and Style", p.142.

1513

September 25

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11 years, 9 months later

Leonardo da Vinci moves to Rome, together with his pupils Melzi, Salai and Il Fanfoia.

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The moon was waning crescent that night.
Sunrise in Rome was at 5:48 AM and sunset was at 5:54 PM.

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Francesco Melzi (1491-1568), aged 22: painter
Giocomo Salai (1480-1524), aged 33: painter

Source: Primary

Pedretti, Carlo. "Leonardo: A Study in Chronology and Style", p. 140.

1517

3 years, 3 months, 9 days later

Leonardo da Vinci moves to France at the invitation of King Francoise I. He is granted the post of First Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King. Leonardo, and his pupils, Francesco Melzi and Giocomo Salai move into the chateau of Cloux near Amboise.

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King Francoise I (1494-1547), aged 23: king
Francesco Melzi (1491-1568), aged 26: painter
Giocomo Salai (1480-1524), aged 37: painter

1519

2 years later

Leonardo da Vinci wills the Mona Lisa to his lifelong assistant, Giocomo Salai.

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1525

6 years, 2 days later

Giocomo Salai dies.

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Giocomo Salai (1480-1524): painter

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