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#Gian Giacomo Caprotti
carina-skull · 5 months ago
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Imagine spending nearly three decades beside a very popular man, following him everywhere he goes, assisting him and modelling for his sketches and paintings. During that time you learn how to paint. You carefully copy the man's style and technique, making copies of his paintings. Everyone calls you by the nickname he gave you. Maybe you grew to like it and took it as your artist name.
But no one knows your real name.
He dies and leaves you half a vineyard for your "good and kind services". You die some years later to a crossbow wound. Your memory lives only in the drawings he made of you.
Three hundred years later a statue is made in his honour, depicting you behind his back, in his shadow. They carve the wrong name into it.
For the longest time history doesn't know your real name. They only know you by your nickname, calling you by the four words he described you with: thief, liar, stubborn, glutton. That's how they represent you, call you a mediocre artist, if an artist at all.
Then someone connects the dots, and almost 400 years after your death your real name is finally known.
His name is Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno.
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inghrafn · 6 months ago
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My 'Little Devil' is finally on the loose.
I've created a side Tumblr on which to post that thing I wrote during pandemic about Salaì, Leonardo da Vinci's lifelong mate and student. Most recently, erroneously, and egregiously misrepresented by RAI in their miniseries Leonardo, Salaì is one of my lifelong queer heroes. Basically this is me duelling in his honor.
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sheireen · a year ago
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Quando l'amante è giunto all'amato, lì si riposa. Quando il peso è posato, lì si riposa.
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littledevilsalai · 6 months ago
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1. The Accused
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In the Louvre, there’s a red-pencil portrait of a young boy with unruly hair. Everything about this child crackles with electricity. The gaze of his large, heavy-lidded eyes radiates resentment. His lips are obstinately pressed tight, as if defying his captor to make him speak.
And yet he sits still and lets himself be drawn.
He’s not the one. We know he’s not, even if we’re not sure of his name. He’s been misidentified a million times, maybe due to our own wishful thinking. We say to ourselves: But he could be Salaì, couldn’t he?
Look at that face.
Sure he could.
Let's read the charges against him:
He’s a gutter rat, an urchin, an orphan. He’s a thief, a liar, stubborn, greedy. Even so young, he lures and seduces. He’s a mercenary, hands stretched out to grab what he can. He's a lousy painter, an imitator, a fraud. He's a diva; petty, jealous, vain. He has two dozen shoes and clothing encrusted with jewels. He's a sore loser. He’s dead weight. Deserving nothing, he steals everything. He keeps the best for himself. He betrays and abandons. He dies a pointless death. He had it coming.
This is everything they say about him. But let's begin again, at the beginning.
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scarletfieldsofcankanorey · 5 months ago
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I really am gonna need a series or film dealing with the relationship between Leonardo, Salaì, and Francesco because…because…I think that would be neat 👀 👀 👀
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sapplejack · a year ago
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Leonardo da Vinci, Salai and Melzi as cats. I subconsciously made Melzi's ears look like the flaps(?) on the hats he's often shown wearing in portraits lol.
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ladauphines · a year ago
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Leonardo (2021)
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cortegiania · a year ago
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leonardo: i guess i underestimated you.
salaì: yeah well maybe next time you will estimate me.
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hothistoryconfessions · a year ago
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diana9241livejournalcom · a year ago
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Chapters: 1/1 Fandom: Leonardo (TV 2021), Leonardo the Series Rating: Teen And Up Audiences Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply Relationships: Leonardo da Vinci/Salaì | Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, Leonardo da Vinci/Salaì | Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno/Stefano Girardi, past Leonardo da Vinci/Tommaso Masini, past Leonardo da Vinci/ Tommaso Masini/Salaì| Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno Characters: Leonardo da Vinci, Salaì | Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, Stefano Girardi Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 01, Future Fic, Established Relationship, Developing Relationship, Period-Typical Homophobia, Threesome - M/M/M, Accidental Voyeurism, Voyeurism, OT3, Milan, Historical References Summary:
Tornare alla vecchia vita non è facile, non potrebbe esserlo dopo gli sconvolgimenti degli ultimi mesi.
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slimy-tortilla · 6 months ago
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Da Vinci’s Lover & The Mona Lisa
Gian Giacomo Caprotti also known as Salai meaning “little devil” was Da Vinci’s apprentice and model for several other works, was also speculated as the artist’s lover and model of the infamous Mona Lisa.
The title “Mona Lisa” is believed to be an anagram for the painting, the title actually being “Mon Salai” meaning ‘My Salai’.
[ID: The Mona Lisa and a painting of Gian Giacomo Caprotti. End ID]
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carina-skull · 12 days ago
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Going crazy over the fact that we might have more information about Salai if more Leonardo's work journals would've survived go present day
Deep sigh
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inghrafn · a year ago
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He was ten years old when he became an apprentice, going straight from his parents’ house to Leonardo’s workshop. To be accepted there was highly prestigious and would not have happened if Salaì had lacked artistic talent.
A kid sent away from everything familiar to live among strangers would probably act out– steal, pick fights, break things, have tantrums. But his maestro related deeply with him and helped him channel his confusion into art, learning, and love.
Portraying Salaì as a thieving street urchin, sketchy swindler, gigolo, gold-digger, forger, freeloader, and above all, an artistic poseur has practically become a cottage industry for historians and fiction writers. For RAI to turn him into an opportunistic sex worker to explain his presence in Leo’s life (and gloss over the age difference between them) is false and lousy writing, though not exactly a deviation from past practices.
But surely, surely it cannot be better to portray Salaì as a rentboy met by chance than as what he was– an innocent (if undisciplined) child from a poor but respectable working class family, given to Leonardo for fosterage. Robbing Salaì of his virtue to preserve Leonardo’s is a shit move that creates a damaging narrative. Why does one have to be a whore so that the other can be the hero? Why can’t Leonardo and Salaì both be the heroes of their shared story?
Salaì was a real person who deserves a better legacy than this.
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sheireen · a year ago
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littledevilsalai · 6 months ago
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Introduction
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During the first spring of pandemic, I wrote the following as a response to the RAI series Leonardo, which portrayed Gian Giacomo Caprotti di Orena, AKA Salaì - artist, factotum, and life partner of Leonardo da Vinci - as a prostitute who wormed his way into the great artist's workshop, household and bed. What shocked me about this take was not its novelty (it had none), but the regularity with which it has been used against its subject in the centuries since his death. At the time, I wrote:
For RAI to turn him into an opportunistic sex worker to explain his presence in Leo’s life (and gloss over the age difference between them) is false and lousy writing, though not exactly a deviation from past practices. But surely, surely it cannot be better to portray Salaì as a rentboy met by chance than as what he was– an innocent (if undisciplined) child from a poor but respectable working class family, given to Leonardo for fosterage. Robbing Salaì of his virtue to preserve Leonardo’s is a shit move that creates a damaging narrative. Why does one have to be a whore so that the other can be the hero? Why can’t Leonardo and Salaì both be the heroes of their shared story? Salaì was a real person who deserves a better legacy than this.
What follows is my attempt to provide it. Thank you for reading.
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From Leo’s Journal:
"Giacomo came to live with me on St.-Mary Magdalen’s (July 22, 1490) aged 10 years. The second day I had two shirts cut out for him, a pair of hose, and a jerkin, and when I put aside some money to pay for these things he stole 4 Lire -the money out of the purse; and I could never make him confess, though I was quite certain of the fact.—Thief, liar, obstinate, glutton.
The day after, I went to sup with Giacomo Andrea, and the said Giacomo supped for two and did mischief for four; for he brake 3 cruets, spilled the wine, and after this came to sup where I..." [cuts off]
“Salaì, I want to rest, no more wars. No more war. I surrender.” ☺️
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Even though it seemed like a good idea at the time, Gian Giacomo soon earned the nickname Salaì “little devil” because of his constant stealing and breaking things. There are notes in da Vinci’s journals about what Salaì broke and how much his father would have to reimburse. The name Salaì is used more than any other in all of Leonardo's journals. 👀
Although he was taken in as a 10 year old, he stayed with Leonardo for the rest of his life, almost 30 years. At some point it’s safe to say that they became more than pupil and teacher. Leonardo even left half of his vineyard to Salaì upon his death.
I can just imagine, after Leo’s death, Salaì and Francesco cat fighting over his things 👀
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sapplejack · 8 months ago
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There should be a fun animated movie about Francesco Melzi's life as Leonardo da Vinci's assistant-turned-adopted son. Like when he first entered the maestro's workshop, meeting other Leonardeschi such as Boltraffio and d'Oggiono, how he wasn't really allowed to paint much since he was supposed to be a secretary and copywriter, etc. Plus, exploring Melzi's relationship with Salaì (his sort-of evil older brother lol) and how he dealt with the awkwardness and jealousy from both Leo and Salaì respectively. I think it'll work, something along the lines of Disney or Pixar. It'll be so fun to see 15th-16th century Renaissance aesthetics fully brought to life via 3D animation and song. Actually, if it was in 2D it would be even better!
You know what, I'll write the perfect plot myself and show it to Disney. They WILL make a movie about Melzi someday and I'm gonna make sure of it! 😤
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