The current edifice was erected between 1472 and 1482, commissioned by Duchess Bona di Savoia and Duke Gian Galeazzo Sforza who wanted a huge temple although the available location was very small due to the presence of the busy Via Falcone behind. Many famous architects designing churches in those days had to deal with the extreme shortage of space.
Finally, in commemoration of the Sforza, Beltrami decided to add to the tower the painted coats of arms of Francesco, Galeazzo Maria, Gian Galeazzo, Ludovico il Moro, Massimiliano and Francesco II. Castello Sforzesco (Official Website)
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Bona of Savoy, Duchess of Milan (1449-1503) was the second spouse of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan and a member of the noble Italian House of Savoy. Bona was a daughter of Louis, Duke of Savoy and Anne de Lusignan of Cyprus.
political intervention in the Gian Galeazzo Visconti affair. Orléans and the Duke of Burgundy were in the pro-Visconti faction while the anti-Visconti faction Anselm Adornes (2,283 words) [view diff] exact match in snippet view article find links to article
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At this time the duchess was a woman of 17 years who had recently wed her handsome but dissolute husband, Gian Galeazzo II, Maria Sforza, the Duke of Milan. Visible on the bodice of the Mona Lisa's plain brown dress are symbols of the connected rings of the house of Sforza and below them connected knots and strings representing the connection ...
Busto di Isabella d'Aragona, moglie di Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza. 1487-1488. Marmo e Cera. Francesco Laurana. Kunsthistoriches Museum Wien. Isabello sposò Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza nel 1488 (quando Leonardo allestì la festa del Paradiso). Il marito mori a soli 25 anni nel castello di Pavia, forse avvelenato
Galeazzo VISCONTI; Galeazzo I VISCONTI (1277 - 1328) Galeazzo II VISCONTI (1310? - 1378) Gaspare VISCONTI ; Gaspare VISCONTI (? - 1350?) Giambattista VISCONTI; Giangaleazzo (Gian Galeazzo; I) VISCONTI (1351 - 1402) ; aka Jean GALEAS, Gian Galeazzo III; Count of PAVIA; 1st Duke of MILAN Giovanni VISCONTI; Giustina VISCONTI
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