In Classical mythology Flora was the wife of Zephyr, the west wind of springtime, and mother of all the plants. It is she who feeds and brings life, and thus is shown with naked breasts. The stones of the mysterious grotto in which Flora is placed are covered with various grasses and flowers. With a gracious turn of the head she is looking at a columbine or aquilegia, symbol of fertility. More on this painting
Francesco Melzi, or Francesco de Melzi, (circa 1491 – 1568/70) was a son of an aristocrat that met Leonardo when he was 15 and stayed with him almost his entire life. From 1506-1517 he also Inherited much of Leonardo's estate and works.
Melzi became Leonardo's pupil and life companion, and is considered to have been his favorite student. He accompanied Leonardo on trips to Rome in 1513 and to France in 1517. As a painter, Melzi worked closely with and for Leonardo. Some works which, during the nineteenth century, were attributed to Leonardo are today ascribed to Melzi.
Upon Leonardo's death, Melzi inherited the artistic and scientific works, manuscripts, and collections of Leonardo, and would henceforth faithfully administer the estate.
Returning to Italy, Melzi married, and fathered a son, Orazio. When Orazio died on his estate in Vaprio d'Adda, his heirs sold the collection of Leonardo's works." More on Francesco Melzi,