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A Renaissance Woman (Hardback)

The Life of Vittoria Colonna

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Art > Art History

Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 342
ISBN: 9780374140946
Published: 31st March 2018
Casemate UK Academic


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'Renaissance Woman' tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara. Vittoria has long been celebrated by scholars of Michelangelo as the artist's best friend, but she also had close ties to Charles V, Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione, Pietro Aretino, Queen Marguerite de Navarre, Reginald Pole, and Isabella d'Este, among others. Vittoria was the scion of an immensely powerful family in Rome during that city's most explosively creative era. Personally involved with nearly every major development of this period - through both her marriage and her own talents - Vittoria was not only a critical political actor and negotiator but also the first woman to publish a book of poems in Italy, an event that launched a revolution for Italian women's writing.

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