- A Child Prodigy of Dance.
- A Performing Artist.
Ippolita Maria Sforza was the daughter of Duke Francesco Sforza of Milan and Bianca Maria Visconti. Her father employed a number of scholars to provide his children with the finest of classical educations, which included Greek, Latin, rhetoric, and the arts. In 1454, Francesco added the humanist poet Antonio Cornazano to his household staff, assigning the instruction of dance as one of his teaching duties. A year later Cornazano dedicated his treatise Libro dell'arte del danzare(Book on the Art of Dancing) to his ten-year-old star pupil, Ippolita, making her the earliest known ballerina, that is, a dancer of choreographed dances. The treatise also includes a sonnet by Cornazano, extolling Ippolita's graces in language, echoing Latin mythological poetry. In the spring of that same year, Ippolita was introduced to two of the most famous dancing masters of the century when Domenico da Piacenza and Guglielmo Ebreo were summoned to the Sforza court to work with Cornazano to organize the...
Ippolita's renown as a dancer began at the 1455 Sforza wedding, where she participated in a ballo with Beatrice. The next recorded notice of her dancing is from 1465, associated with her wedding celebration in Milan, followed by the long journey she took from Milan to Naples for her marriage. She was escorted on the trip by Federigo, the youngest son of King Ferrante of Naples, accompanied by two of her brothers and a company of more than a thousand, including 600 nobles, soldiers, servants, and courtiers, among them her dancing teacher Antonio Cornazano. All along the journey the entourage stopped at the major cities and courts where she was lavishly entertained; in Florence she danced with Lorenzo de' Medici (age sixteen), whom she had met and danced with at the earlier wedding celebration in her home palace. Next she traveled to Siena, where one of the entertainments presented in her honor included a costumed moresca(Moorish dance). When she finally arrived in Naples after three...
Eileen Southern, "A 15th-Century Prima Ballerina," in Music and Context, Essays for John M. Ward. Ed. A. D. Shapiro (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UniversityPress, 1985): 183–197.
Apr 18, 2018 · Ippolita Maria Sforza, a cultured young noblewoman who wrote poetry, letters and documents in Latin, was born on this day in 1446 in Cremona. She was married to Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, who later became King Alfonso II of Naples, because it was a politically advantageous alliance, but she did not live long enough to become his Queen consort.
Ippolita Maria Sforza was born 18 April 1446 in Cremona, Lombardy, Italy to Francesco I Sforza (1401-1468) and Bianca Maria Visconti (1425-1468) and died 20 August 1484 inNaples, Campania, Italy of unspecified causes. She married Alphonso II of Naples (1448-1495) 10 October 1465 JL in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
9 Ippolita and Lorenzo: Letters 94-100 (1482-1486) 156. Orations (1455-1465) Wedding Oration for Tristano Sforza and Beatrice d'Este (1455) 173. Oration for Pope Pius II (1459) 185. Oration for Bianca Maria Visconti (1465) 191. Glossary of Names 197. Chronology 205. Bibliography 211. Index 219
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Two letters of Ippolita Sforza 541 of King Ferrante of Naples, first met in Milan in 1465.3 The occasion was Ippolita's wedding.4 She was then twenty years old and Lorenzo sixteen. On the long journey south to Naples to meet her unknown husband - his younger brother, Federico, had acted as proxy at the Milanese ceremony -
Bianca Maria Sforza, ... with the red carnation as the symbol for her wedding with the Emperor Maximilian I. ... Ippolita Maria Sforza (1445-1488)
Bianca Maria and Francesco Sforza had: Galeazzo Maria (24 January 1444 — 26 December 1476), Duke of Milan from 1466 to 1476. Ippolita Maria (18 April 1446 — 20 August 1484), wife of Alfonso II of Naples and mother of Isabella of Aragon, who was to marry Galeazzo's heir. Filippo Maria (12 December 1449 — 1492), Count of Corsica.
Dec 15, 2018 · Ludovico Sforza Duke of Milan (Ludovico il Moro, "The Moor"; 27 July 1452 – 27 May 1508), a member of the Sforza dynasty of Milan, Duchy of Milan, was the fourth son of Francesco Sforza, and was famed as patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance.
May 18, 2019 · Her uncle was Ludovico Sforza Il Moro, Duke of Milan, who married Beatrice d’Este, and her aunt was Ippolita Maria Sforza, first wife of King Alfonso II of Naples. When Bianca was not yet five years old, her father was assassinated inside the Church of Santo Stefano in Milan on 26 December 1476, which was the Feast Day of St. Stephen.
Life Childhood and Family. Isabella was born in the Kingdom of Naples, during the reign of her paternal grandfather Ferdinand I of Naples.She was the daughter of his heir, Prince Alfonso and his first wife, Ippolita Maria Sforza.