posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 01:39 AM
Heres what I founmd on Wikipedia
"Leonardo kept his private life secret. He claimed to have a distaste of physical relations: his comment that "the act of procreation and anything
that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions", was later
interpreted by Sigmund Freud, in an analysis of the artist, as indicative of his "frigidity".
In 1476, while still living with Verrocchio, he was accused anonymously of sodomy with a 17 year-old model, Jacopo Saltarelli, a youth already known
to the authorities for his sexual escapades with men. After two months of investigation he was acquitted, ostensibly because no witnesses stepped
forward though others claim it was due to his father's respected position. For some time afterwards, Leonardo and the others were kept under
observation by Florence's Officers of the Night - a Renaissance organization charged with suppressing the practice of sodomy, as shown by surviving
legal records of the Podestà and the Officers of the Night.
Leonardo's alleged love of boys was a topic of discussion even in the sixteenth century. In "Il Libro dei Sogni" (The Book of Dreams), a fictional
dialogue on l'amore masculino (male love) written by the contemporary art critic and theorist Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Leonardo appears as one of the
protagonists and declares, "Know that male love is exclusively the product of virtue which, joining men together with the diverse affections of
friendship, makes it so that from a tender age they would enter into the manly one as more stalwart friends." In the dialogue, the interlocutor
inquires of Leonardo about his relations with his assistant, il Salaino, "Did you play the game from behind which the Florentines love so much?"
Leonardo answers, "And how many times! Keep in mind that he was a beautiful young man, especially at about fifteen."
Leonardo's servant and assistant, Caprotti il Salaino by an anonymous artist (1495)Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, nicknamed Salai or il Salaino
("The Little Unclean One" i.e., the devil), was described by Vasari as "a graceful and beautiful youth with fine curly hair, in which Leonardo
greatly delighted." Il Salaino entered Leonardo's household in 1490 at the age of 10. The relationship was not an easy one. A year later Leonardo
made a list of the boy’s misdemeanours, calling him "a thief, a liar, stubborn, and a glutton." The "Little Devil" had made off with money and
valuables on at least five occasions, and spent a fortune on apparel, among which were twenty-four pairs of shoes. Nevertheless, il Salaino remained
his companion, servant, and assistant for the next thirty years, and Leonardo’s notebooks during their early years contain pictures of a handsome,
Il Salaino's name also appears (crossed out) on the back of an erotic drawing (ca. 1513) by the artist, The Incarnate Angel, at one time in the
collection of Queen Victoria. It is seen as a humorous and revealing take on his major work, St. John the Baptist, (based on Salaino's appearance)
also a work and a theme imbued with homoerotic overtones by a number of art critics such as Martin Kemp and James Saslow Another erotic work, found
on the verso of a foglio in the Atlantic Codex, depicts il Salaino's behind, towards which march several penises on two legs. Some of Leonardo's
other works on erotic topics, his drawings of heterosexual human sexual intercourse, were destroyed by a priest who found them after his death
In 1506, Leonardo met Count Francesco Melzi, the 15 year old son of a Lombard aristocrat. Melzi himself, in a letter, described Leonardo's feelings
towards him as a sviscerato et ardentissimo amore ("a deeply passionate and most burning love"). Salai eventually accepted Melzi's continued
presence and the three undertook journeys throughout Italy. Melzi became Leonardo's pupil and life companion, and