Lucrezia Landriani (born c. 1440) was the mistress of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, and the mother of his renowned illegitimate daughter, Caterina Sforza, Lady of Imola, Countess of Forlì. Lucrezia had three other children by the Duke, and two by her husband.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Landriani
Lucrezia Landriani (born c. 1440) was the mistress of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, and the mother of his renowned illegitimate daughter, Caterina Sforza, Lady of Imola, Countess of Forlì. Lucrezia had three other children by the Duke, and two by her husband.
Mistress of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan. Very little is known of her early life. She was married to Count Gian Piero Landriani, a member of the court of Milan, and became the mistress of her husband's friend, Galeazzo Maria Sforza. Her life seemed fairly uneventful, except for the children she bore by both men.
Landriani, Lucrezia (fl. 1450s)Italian noblewoman. Flourished in the 1450s; married Giampietro Landriani; mistress of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, 5th duke of Milan (r. 1466–1476); children: (with Sforza) Carlo (b. 1461); Caterina Sforza (c. 1462–1509); Chiara Sforza (b. around 1464); and Alessandro.
Biography. Lucrezia was the wife of Count Gian Piero Landriani, a courtier at the ducal court and a close friend of Galeazzo Maria Sforza (24 January 1444 – 26 December 1476), son of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan and Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan.
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Poltred Lucrezia Landriani gant Domenico Veneziano, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. Lucrezia Landriani (ganet war-dro 1440), a oa pried ar c'hont Gian Piero Landriani, ha serc'h dug Milano . Mamm e oa da Caterina Sforza    .
Lucrezia Landriani (Milano, 1440 –...) è stata una nobildonna italiana, amante del Duca di Milano Galeazzo Maria Sforza e madre della celebre signora di Forlì Caterina Sforza.
Lucrezia Landriani (sünd u 1440) oli Milano hertsogi Galeazzo Maria Sforza kaaslanna ja nimeka vallaslapse, Imola sinjoora, Forlì krahvinna, Caterina Sforza, ema. Lucrezial oli hertsogiga veel vähemalt kolm last ning kaks last oma abikaasaga.
- A Noble Upbringing
- Caterina’s First Marriage and Her Rise to Power
- Caterina’s Revenge on Riario’S Assassins
- A Second Marriage and Caterina’s Rule
- The Third Marriage and Caterina’s Downfall
Born in 1463 in Milan, Caterina Sforza was the illegitimate daughter of the supposedly cruel, lustful, and tyrannical Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, and his mistress Lucrezia Landriani. At the age of four the Duke accepted his daughter and took her into his home to raise her alongside his other children. Caterina was most likely acknowledged by her father because noble children were often useful tools for politically advantageous marriages as they grew. Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan and Caterina’s father. (1471) ( Public Domain ) Thanks to Caterina’s stepmother, Bona of Savoy, she received a proper education for the period and was brought up in the Milanese Court. Caterina was a tall, slim, blonde, and attractive girl, and at the age of ten she was already engaged to Girolamo Riario. By the time she was 14 years old she was seen as ready to leave her father’s home and confirmed her marriage to Riario.
Girolamo Riario was 29 years old when he betrothed Caterina. Numerous sources say that he was cruel, cowardly, and rather lusty, but his status as the nephew of Pope Sixtus IV made him an adequate choice as Caterina’s husband. Even though it is unlikely that Caterina loved her husband, she bore him eight children (six of which survived childhood). Pope Sixtus IV with his courtiers and nephews. (1477) Girolamo Riario is the figure in blue, second from the left. ( Public Domain ) In 1477, Caterina joined her husband in Rome and she was named the countess of Forlì in 1481. When Pope Sixtus IV died in 1784 there was turmoil in Rome and one of Riario’s residences was looted and almost destroyed. Caterina was upset with the happenings in Rome and wanted to oversee the conclave’s actions herself, so she seized control of Castel Sant' Angelo in Rome – she was 21 years old and seven months pregnant at the time. 1. Tomoe Gozen - A fearsome Japanese Female Warrior of the 12th Century 2. Bloody...
However, before Caterina was taken captive she had informed her uncle in Milan of her impending problems and told him that he must inform Tommaso Feo, her castellan, that the castle was not to be given to the conspirators under any circumstances. Soon after, the conspirators took Caterina to the castle and they told Tommaso Feo that he must surrender. Feo answered that the Orsi brothers would do nothing against Caterina for they feared the retaliation of Caterina’s brother, the current Duke of Milan. When the group returned to the castle a second time, Caterina tricked her captors into allowing her to enter the castle under the pretext that she would talk Tommaso Feo into submitting to their demands. As the abductors still maintained control over Caterina’s children, they accepted. Ravaldino fortress, Forlì , Italy. The Ravaldino was one of the fortresses where Caterina Sforza battled her enemies. ( CC BY SA 3.0 ) Once inside, Caterina told the conspirators that there was no chance...
Following Girolamo Riario’s death, Caterina was made the regent of their oldest son, Ottaviano. She soon took advantage of this position and even after the boy came to age, she continued to rule in his place. She embarked on several successful military and political ventures, including marriage negotiations and gifts, with neighboring states. A woman many believe was Caterina Sforza in Botticelli’s ‘The Three Graces.’ Some scholars have argued that Caterina Sforza’s influence extended past the political and military realms and she was the muse for many paintings of artists at the time. ( Public Domain ) Regarding her personal life, Caterina fell in love and took Tommaso’s younger brother, Giacomo (who was 20 years old), as her second husband. Their marriage was not fated to last however, as Giacomo rose to power and became a tyrant as well. He shared a fate similar to Caterina’s first husband and was assassinated by conspirators (which may have included members of Caterina’s own fam...
In 1496, Caterina fell in love again – this time with Giovanni di Pierfrancesco de Medici. Upon receiving approval from her uncle and children, the couple were married in 1497. In 1498 Caterina gave birth to her last son, Giovanni delle Bande Nere. Her third husband soon passed away as well – this time of natural causes. A man identified as Giovanni di Pierfrancesco de Medici, Caterina’s third husband. ( Public Domain ) In the political realm, Caterina continued her control of Forlì and Imola and intended to remain neutral for many years while being stuck between the battles of the Duchy of Milan and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1499, Niccolò Machiavelli came to Forlì to negotiate the military contract with Florence and later wrote about the impressive woman he saw in Caterina Sforza and her defense against the attacks on her fortress. 1499 also saw the beginning of Caterina’s end, as she was overtaken by an attack led by Cesare Borgia. Sending her children and riches to Florence for s...