The only panel painting by Leonardo da Vinci to remain in Milan, this portrait was traditionally thought to represent Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.
In 1905, when restoration work removed the overpainting and uncovered the hand carrying a music scroll in the lower part, it was suggested that it was the portrait of a musician, sometimes identified as Franchino Gaffurio, choirmaster of the Duomo in Milan, and other times as the Franco-Flemish singer and composer Josquin des Prez, both of whom were working in Milan at the time of Leonardo and Ludovico il Moro. See more
Recently, it has also been suggested that it is a portrait of Atalanta Migliorotti, a Tuscan musician who was a friend of Leonardo and who came with him to the Duke's court in Milan as a talented singer and lyricist.
About L. DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452. He was the son of a notary and a peasant woman who never married.
In 1466, he began working in the workshop of a sculptor named Andrea del Verrocchio. It was here that he began to paint, sculpt and draw.
Leonardo da Vinci became a painter, sculptor, engineer, inventor, musician, writer and architect, and was considered a great genius. He was always very interested in anatomical studies of the human body and could draw human organs in great detail. See more
He was accepted into the painters' guild in Florence in 1472 and opened his own painting and sculpture studio. His fame began to grow and he was commissioned to produce many different and very important works.
Throughout his life, he was in the service of several dukes who commissioned sculptures and paintings from him, but what really interested him was inventing new vehicles, weapons and objects.
All the works of Leonardo da Vinci are known, but the most famous are: the painting of "The Last Supper", which he painted on a fresco in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan; "La Gioconda", better known as "La Monna Lisa"; and "Vitruvian Man", a famous drawing of a man with four arms and four legs, in which he attempted to study the human body.
He also made many sculptures, but none of them have survived to the present day.
Although he was always creating and building new works, the struggles that took place during his life, as well as the struggles and rebellions that took place after his death, are responsible for the fact that many of his creations were destroyed, burnt or lost, including his remains that were thrown away in an unknown place after a war.
He died on 2 May 1519 in France.