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Ambassador

1478

August 10

on Saturday

The French ambassador and the Florentine ambassador(1) returned from Rome, without having arrived at anything satisfactory.

(1) Guidantonio Vespucci.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Rome was at 6:01 AM and sunset was at 6:07 PM.

1481

January 11

on Tuesday

2 years, 5 months, 5 days later

Two more ambassadors were appointed to go to Rome: Messer Guido Antonio Vespucci and Pierfilippo Pandolfini.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.
Sunrise in Rome was at 6:05 AM and sunset was at 6:13 PM.

1489

July 22

on Monday

8 years, 6 months, 14 days later

Impatient with Leonardo's delays in completing the clay model for the The Horse, Ludovico Sforza writes to Pietro Alemanni, the Florentine Ambassador to Milan, asking him to find "a master capable of doing the work."

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The moon was waning crescent that night.

1495

January 2

on Wednesday

5 years, 5 months, 15 days later

2nd January (Friday). Two ambassadors were sent to Milan, Messer Luca Corsini and Giovanni Cavalcanti. They went in fine array. (1)

(1) To congratulate Ludovico Sforza, called Il Moro, on his becoming Duke of Milan.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Milan was at 6:01 AM and sunset was at 6:08 PM.

1495

February 8

on Friday

1 month, 7 days later

8th February. The Signoria went to visit him, and later, after having dined, sent eight(1) of the chief citizens to hear what he desired. And he asked for the money which had been promised to the king, and the loan of 40 thousand florins besides.

(1) Ammirato and the documents published in vol. i. of the Negotiations diplomatiques de la France avec la Toscane give five, and the names are as follows: Guidantonio Vespucci, Tanai de' Nerli, Guglielmo de' Pazzi, Francesco Valori, and Lorenzo de' Medici, who had changed his family name, taking that of Popolani.

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The moon was a full moon that night.

1495

March 5

on Tuesday

25 days later

5th March. Four ambassadors were chosen to go to the King of France and Naples, who were: Messer Guido Antonio, Pagolo Antonio Soderini, the Bishop de' Pazzi, and Lorenzo son of Piero Francesco de' Medici.(1)

(1) Landucci is not correct in the names of these ambassadors the work already quoted, Negotiations, etc., we read the instruction given to them and their names, but instead of Soderini and Pazzi are Bernardo Rucellai and Lorenzo Morelli. Ammirato, however, gives Soderini instead of Morelli; the truth is that the latter was appointed to replace the former, who was prevented from leaving on account of illness.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Naples was at 6:08 AM and sunset was at 6:15 PM.

1524

January 13

on Sunday

28 years, 10 months, 20 days later

Pope Clement VII offers Michelangelo a pension in order to retain his services. It appears that Michelangelo only asked for fifteen ducats a month, and that his friend Pietro Gondi had proposed twenty-five ducats. Fattucci rebuked him in affectionate terms for his want of pluck, informing him that "Jacopo Salviati has given orders that Spina should be instructed to pay you a monthly provision of fifty ducats." Moreover, all the disbursements made for the work at S. Lorenzo were to be provided by the same agent in Florence, and to pass through Michelangelo's hands. A house was assigned him, free of rent, at S. Lorenzo, in order that he might be near his work. Henceforth he was in almost weekly correspondence with Giovanni Spina on affairs of business, sending in accounts and drawing money by means of his then trusted servant, Stefano, the miniaturist.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.
Sunrise in Florence was at 6:05 AM and sunset was at 6:13 PM.

Source: Primary

Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.239

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