Portrait of Savonarola</em>, Fra Bartolomeo, c1498<br />
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First Milanese period 1481/2 - 1499

Ludovico Sforza il Moro, “the Moor”, sends the bronze for the Sforza horse to his father-in-law, Ercole d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, to make a cannon.

King Charles VIII invades Italy and occupies Florence. The Medici are expelled from Florence.

Girolamo Savonarola, religious and political reformer, becomes a chief figure in Florentine Republic.

Spain and Portugal divide the New World between them.