Caprotti, Gian Giacomo

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1480-1524

Also known as Salai and Andrea Salaino
Florentine artist

Caprotti was a student of the immortal Leonardo da Vinci, who was his frequent model and collaborated with him in some of his paintings. But he was probably more than this.

Two sources (Krmer and Schmidt, and "Romantic Notions") state that he was Leonardo's adopted son, probably dating from 1490 when he went to him as an apprentice. More generally accepted is the assumption that they became lovers. Leonardo gave the young Caprotti the name Sala (Little Devil, or Devil's Offspring), because of his almost intolerable behavior: continually lying, stealing and breaking things. In spite of this they were together until Leonardo's death in 1519, and Sala inherited the master's vineyard at Milan.

Another protg, the aristocrat Francesco Melzi, is also believed to have been adopted by Leonardo.

References

Krmer, Walter, and Schmidt, Michael. Lexikon der Populren Listen: Gott und die Welt in Daten, Fakten und Zahlen. Aktualisierte Ausgabe. (Zrich: Piper Mnchen, 1999), p. 17
Hackett, Regina, "Inspiration springs eternal from the master's artistic well." Available at: http://www.seattle-pi.com/pi/leonardo/art.html
"Heroes, Myths, & Legends: Gay and Lesbian People in History: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519." Available at: http://www.gayheroes.com/leon.htm
Provenzano, Jim. "Romantic Notions: Leonardo da Vinci and Salai." Available at: http://www.gay.net/community/dp_rn_alphaint.html

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