American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
“⁂ The word Sforza means “force,” and, according to tradition, was derived thus: Giacomuzzo Attendolo, the son of a day laborer, being desirous of going to the wars, consulted his hatchet, resolving to enlist if it stuck fast in the tree at which he flung it.”
“The presence of the virtues in Piero's diptych, in which Federico is accompanied by the cardinal virtues while Battista Sforza is attended by the theological virtues, reflects a figural tradition in which virtù and fortuna are represented at times as allies and at others as adversaries.”
“Two of the three most important were never completed, obstacles having arisen during his life-time, which obliged him to leave them unfinished; namely the Sforza”
“Cremona, and all the places fituated on the Adda, fhould be delivered to the emperor; to which terms Sforza, who was then ill of a fever, agreed, excepting the ai tide of Milan and Cremona; which, he faid, he could not fur - render but to his imperial majefty in perfon.”
“The Atellani Palazzo on Corso Magenta was once owned by the powerful Sforza family and now contains a private museum, with 17th-century frescoed Zodiac ceilings and paintings by Crespi.”
“The National Gallery exhibition, which runs from Nov. 9 until Feb. 5, 2012, concentrates on paintings Leonardo produced for Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan.”
“The subject of that work, Cecilia Gallerani, was the witty mistress of Milan's young ruler Ludovico Maria Sforza, for whom Da Vinci worked as court painter for 18 years beginning in 1482.”
“Da Vinci was only 30 when he joined Sforza's court, and a closer look at the paintings and drawings he completed during his tenure there reveals much about how he developed as an artist.”
“Mr. Sforza offers a four-course lunch, with wine, for just €12.”
“It frames his work in relation to the patronage of Ludovico Maria Sforza 1452-1508, and in so doing extracts him from the floating world of the itinerant "genius" and places him in the professional milieu of the court.”
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