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In 1493, a woman named "Caterina" came to live with Leonardo. Although historians  remain unsure whether this woman was Caterina Leonardo's mother– she may have  been a servant–but many scholars suspect she was indeed the artist's mother: some of  the few vague personal notes in Leonardo's notebooks suggest that he had invited her,  as opposed to hiring her. Also, the Caterina that came in 1493 died a few years later,  and this would have made sense given his mother's age; moreover, in Leonardo's day  mothers often came to live with their children after their husbands' deaths. However,  Leonardo's accounts show that he spent curiously little on her funeral. He may have  wanted to avoid a conspicuous funeral, not wanting to draw attention to his illegitimacy  and dishonor his mother.
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