What Happened in April 1503

Historical Events

Florence Cathedral

Apr 24 Michelangelo undertakes to carve 12 Apostles for the Cathedral of Florence, each four and a quarter braccia high (248.2cm), at the rate of at least one completed statue per year. He produced only one, of St. Matthew, and that remained unfinished.

  • Apr 28 Battle at Cerignalo: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fern├índez de C├│rdoba defeats a French force led by Louis d'Armagnac, Duke of Nemours

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 7 [Zoe] Sophia Palaiologina, Byzantine princess, wife of Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, dies (b. 1449)