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Isabella d'Este

1501

May 12

on Sunday

Extract from a letter from Francesco Malatesta to Isabella d'Este mentioning Leonardo's viewing and valuation of some antique vases formerly owned by the Medici:

I showed them to Leonardo Vinci the painter. He praised all of them but especially the crystal one, because it is all of one piece and very clear.... and Leonardo said that he had never seen a better piece.

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The moon was waning crescent that night.

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Charles Nicholl; Nicholl, Charles. "Leonardo da Vinci. Flights of the Mind." E-book, p. 591.

1502

June 30

on Monday

1 year, 1 month, 19 days later

The Marchioness of Mantua writes a letter to the Cardinal of Este, saying that she should very much like to place Michelangelo's statue of Cupid, together with an antique statue of Venus, in her own collection.

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The moon was waning crescent that night.

1505

2 years, 6 months, 6 days later

The Marchioness Isabella Gonzaga of Mantua endeavours through Cardinal Bembo to obtain from Giovanni Bellini another picture, this time of a secular or mythological character.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 75: painter

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