Filippo Maria Sforza (Pavia, 22 dicembre 1449 – 1 ottobre 1492), conte di Corsica e Pavia, era il figlio secondogenito maschio del duca di Milano Francesco Sforza e di Bianca Maria Visconti. Prese il nome dal nonno materno Filippo Maria Visconti, ultimo duca visconteo di Milano.
Filippo Maria Sforza (in the centre) with his brothers Galeazzo Maria (left) and Sforza Maria (right) Filippo Maria as the child Jesus with his mother Bianca Maria Visconti as the Virgin Mary and his siblings Ippolita Maria (depicted twice as an angel) and Galeazzo Maria (depicted three times as an angel)
Ippolita Maria Sforza (18 April 1446- 20 August 1484), Duchess of Calabria, was a member of the powerful Italian condottieri Sforza family which ruled the Duchy of Milan from 1450 until 1535. She was the first wife of Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, who later reigned as King Alfonso II of Naples. Family and early years
- Ferdinand II of Naples
- Francesco I Sforza, Bianca Maria Visconti
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Entering the service of Filippo Maria Visconti, duke of Milan, Sforza fought alternately for and against him in the succeeding 20 years. During periods of uneasy truce he became betrothed (1433) to and married (1441) the duke’s illegitimate daughter and only child, Bianca Maria.
His son Francesco I Sforzaruled Milan, having acquired the title of Duke of Milan(1450–1466) after marrying in 1441 the natural daughter and only heir of the last Duke of Milan, Filippo Maria Visconti, Bianca Maria(1425–1468), making the Sforzas the heirs of the house of Visconti.
Muzio’s illegitimate son Francesco Sforza, also a condottiere, became duke of Milan in 1450 through his marriage to the daughter of Duke Filippo Maria Visconti. Document in which Francesco Sforza, duke of Milan, granted commercial rights to Giovanni Merlo and his descendants, September 7, 1452; it allowed them to buy and sell goods in Milan.
He died in 1447, the last of the Visconti in direct male line, and he was succeeded in the duchy, after the short-lived Ambrosian republic, by Francesco Sforza (1401–1466), who had married in 1441 Filippo Maria's only heir, his natural daughter Bianca Maria (1425–1468) by his mistress Agnese del Maino (1401–1465). Art
SFORZA, Sforza Maria. – Figlio quartogenito del duca Francesco I e di Bianca Maria Visconti, nacque a Vigevano il 18 agosto 1451. Poco si conosce della sua educazione che dovette comunque svolgersi in parallelo a quella del fratello Filippo Maria tra Abbiategrasso, Milano e Pavia sotto la supervisione di Franchino Caimi.
Filippo Maria (12 December 1449 — 1492), Count of Corsica. Sforza Maria (18 August 1451 — 29 July 1479), Duke of Bari from 1464 to 1479. Ludovico Maria (3 August 1452 — 27 May 1508), Duke of Bari from 1479 to 1494 and Duke of Milan from 1494 to 1499. Francesco Galeazzo Maria (5 August 1453/54 — died young).