Gian Galeazzo Sforza

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Gian Galeazzo Sforza
Duke of Milan
Marco d'Oggiono - Portrait of a Youth as Saint Sebastian - 1986.9 - Cleveland Museum of Art.tiff
Gian Galeazzo Sforza, c.1483, by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis
Born(1469-06-20)20 June 1469
Died21 October 1494(1494-10-21) (aged 25)
Noble familySforza
(m. 1489)
FatherGaleazzo Maria Sforza
MotherBona of Savoy

Gian Galeazzo Sforza (20 June 1469 – 21 October 1494), also known as Giovan Galeazzo Sforza, was the sixth Duke of Milan.

Early life[edit]

Born in Abbiategrasso, he was only seven years old when in 1476 his father, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, was assassinated and he became the Duke of Milan. His uncle, Ludovico Sforza, acted as regent to the young duke, but quickly wrested all power from him and became the de facto ruler of Milan. Ludovico imprisoned Gian Galeazzo and later became the duke after Gian Galeazzo's death, which was widely viewed as suspicious.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

In February 1489, Gian Galeazzo married his cousin Princess Isabella of Naples. Together they had four children:


Charles VIII visiting the deathbed of Gian Galazzo Sforza at the Palazzo Ducale.

Gian Galeazzo died in 1494 at the Palazzo Ducale, the summer home of the Visconti and Sforza families. During that time, he received a visit from Charles VIII of France. According to the Italian historian Francesco Guicciardini in his History of Italy (Italian: La Historia di Italia), he was poisoned by his uncle, Ludovico il Moro.[2]

The rumor was widespread that Giovan Galeazzo's death had been provoked by immoderate coitus; nevertheless, it was widely believed throughout Italy that he had died not through natural illness nor as a result of incontinence, but had been poisoned … one of the royal physicians … asserted that he had seen manifest signs of it. Nor was there anyone who doubted that if it had been poison, it had been administered through his uncle Ludovico Sforza's machinations …


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Burckhardt, Jacob (1878). The Civilization Of The Renaissance in Italy. University of Toronto – Robarts Library: Vienna Phaidon Press. p. 23. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Charles VIII visiting the deathbed of Gian Galazzo Sforza at". Europeana Collections. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

Italian nobility
Preceded by Duke of Milan
Succeeded by