Isabella d'Este
Isabella d'Este
Isabella d'Este was Marchesa of Mantua and one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance as a major cultural and political figure. She was a patron of the arts as well as a leader of fashion, whose innovative style of dressing was copied by women throughout Italy and at the French court. The poet Ariosto lauded her as the "liberal and magnanimous Isabella", while author Matteo Bandello described her as having been "supreme among women".
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"Da Parmigianino a Piazzetta" a Guastalla - ParmaToday
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L'edificio, riaperto a conclusione di un complesso intervento di restauro, documenta una storia che trova avvio nel 1539, quando i Gonzaga assunsero la signoria di Guastalla con Ferrante, figlio terzogenito di Francesco II e di Isabella d'Este,
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Così è invecchiata la Dama con l' ermellino - Corriere della Sera
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E sempre da San Giovanni in Croce, intorno al 1498, Cecilia intratteneva corrispondenza con Isabella D' Este che le chiedeva, ancora a distanza d' anni, di poter vedere quel suo ritratto eseguito da Leonardo (forse il disegno)
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Anteprima "101 storie di regine e principesse che non ti hanno mai raccontato ... - Paperblog
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Una reale professionista dell'amore Isabella d'Este. La prima donna del Rinascimento Maria Stuart. La breve stagione dell'amore in terra di Francia Désirée Clary in Bernadotte. Una francese di Marsiglia sul trono di Svezia Astrid di Svezia
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Leonardo tour - iPhone GO
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Case storiche, il Comune deve rinunciare - Gazzetta di Mantova
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Stesso discorso per alcuni appartamenti a palazzo Siliprandi (angolo via Isabella d'Este-via Frattini), anch'esso rimesso a nuovo, per un costo compreso tra i 500mila euro e il milione 240mila euro. Troppi per un Comune che, per recuperare risorse da
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Annuncio famiglia - Gazzetta di Mantova
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I funerali avranno luogo martedì 9 agosto, alle ore 9.50, partendo dall'Istituto Isabella d'Este per la chiesa di San Pio X, indi per il cimitero di Buscoldo. Si ringraziano anticipatamente tutti coloro che parteciperanno alla cerimonia
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Annuncio famiglia - Gazzetta di Mantova
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Lunedì 8 agosto alle ore 9, la cara salma sarà benedetta nella Cappella della Casa di Riposo "Luigi Bianchi-Isabella d'Este"; quindi, proseguirà per la Chiesa Parrocchiale di Villa Pasquali dove, alle ore 10, si celebrerà la messa funebre,
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Il Principe ed il povero - La Voce d'Italia
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Isabella d'Este contro Belèn: chi cosetta sorridente e chi mecenate, bruttina, dei grandi artisti? Mi si è detto, la famiglia non era come ora: il figlio del servo non poteva sposare la principessa, non c'era mobilità sociale
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Rare Terracotta Portrait Bust, Owned by the Kimbell Art Museum, Discovered to ... - Dallas Art News
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Acquired by the Kimbell in 2004, the bust is traditionally identified as a portrait of Isabella d'Este (1474–1539), one of the most celebrated women in Renaissance Italy. It is attributed to the sculptor Gian Cristoforo Romano
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Kimbell's mystery woman - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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Museum historian Nancy Edwards, left, and author Robert Edsel were both instrumental in determining the history of a bust of Isabella d'Este at the Kimbell Art Museum. The bust was found among articles collected by Adolf Hitler
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Maturità al d'Este L'orale va sulla luna - Gazzetta di Mantova
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Sono le prove orali degli esami di maturità di ieri mattina all'istituto Isabella d'Este, le vecchie magistrali. Superati fli iscritti, resta l'ostacolo più duro sulla strada che porta al diploma. I ragazzi, con i volti segnati dalla tensione,
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So whom does the 'Isabella' bust depict, and where did the artwork come from? - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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For a few years, art historians thought she might be by Leonardo da Vinci, as there is a profile sketch by da Vinci of Isabella d'Este, the Marchioness of Mantua and avid art patron, in the Musée du Louvre in Paris that resembles the bust
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Was Kimbell statue hiding a sordid sales history? - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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When, under the directorship of Timothy Potts, the Kimbell bought the bust, believed to be of Isabella d'Este, an Italian noblewoman, from a London art dealer in 2004, it was believed that she had been in the holdings of the Lanz family in Amsterdam
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Gesualdo: duelli, passioni amorose e madrigali - FullTravel.it
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Il convento dei Cappuccini fu completato da Nicolò Ludovisi, nipote di Papa Gregorio XV e sposo di Isabella d'Este, nipote di Carlo Gesualdo, quando quest'ultimo era ancora in vita, mentre il secondo venne finito seguendo le sue ultime volontà,
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Nyári nyugdíjasprogramok világszerte - Kisalföld
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A történet szerint Mantovában történtek a dolgok, Isabella d'Este városában. Ennek nyomait követtük. A név mondhat valamit a magyaroknak is: Betrice d'Este (1212-1245) magyar királynő lett. Vannak különböző egyesületek időseknek, nem kell feltétlenül
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Food news: A perfect pair of bowls - Telegraph.co.uk
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Rose cake, for instance, is 'shaped like a bunch of opening rosebuds and was invented for the wedding of Isabella d'Este to Marquis Gonzaga of Mantua in 1490'. Lucky Isabella. Kenedy discovered ricotta with walnuts and rocket in Oasis, a restaurant in
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Desvelado el misterio de Giorgione - El Correo Digital (Álava)
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Que tampoco eran nada del otro mundo: la fecha de dos cuadros, una factura de un encargo, un legajo de una causa judicial y un testimonio indirecto de Isabella d'Este, la potente e ilustrada marquesa de Mantova, que aprovechando la muerte del pintor
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Isabella d'Este
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1539
    Age 64
    This was not enough to satisfy Isabella, already in her mid-60s, so she returned to political life and ruled Solarolo, in Romagna until her death on 13 February 1539.
    More Details Hide Details During her lifetime and after her death, poets, popes, and statesmen paid tribute to Isabella. Pope Leo X invited her to treat him with "as much friendliness as you would your brother". The latter's secretary Pietro Bembo described her as "one of the wisest and most fortunate of women"; while the poet Ariosto deemed her the "liberal and magnanimous Isabella". Author Matteo Bandello wrote that she was "supreme among women", and the diplomat Niccolò da Correggio entitled her "The First Lady of the world". The artwork The Dinner Party features a place setting for Isabella d'Este. Isabella d'Este is portrayed by Belgian actress Alexandra Oppo in the TV show Borgia. George, L., The Public Perception of Isabella d'Este, Clio History Journal, 2009.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1527
    Age 52
    Isabella left Mantua for Rome in 1527.
    More Details Hide Details She was present during the catastrophic Sack of Rome, when she converted her house into an asylum for about 2000 people fleeing the Imperial soldiers. Isabella's house was one of the very few which was not attacked, due to the fact that her son was a member of the invading army. When she left, she managed to acquire safe passage for all the refugees who had sought refuge in her home. After Rome became stabilised following the sacking, she left the city and returned to Mantua. She made it a centre of culture, started a school for girls, and turned her ducal apartments into a museum containing the finest art treasures.
  • FORTIES
  • 1519
    Age 44
    As a result, Isabella began to travel freely and live independently from her husband until his death on 19 March 1519.
    More Details Hide Details After the death of her husband, Isabella ruled Mantua as regent for her son, Federico. She began to play an increasingly important role in Italian politics, steadily advancing Mantua's position. She was instrumental in promoting Mantua to a Duchy, which was obtained by wise diplomatic use of her son's marriage contracts. She also succeeded in obtaining a cardinalate for her son Ercole. She further displayed shrewd political acumen in her negotiations with Cesare Borgia, who had dispossessed Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino, the husband of her sister-in-law and good friend Elisabetta Gonzaga in 1502. Isabella d’Este is famous as the most important art patron of the Renaissance; her life is documented by her correspondence, which is still archived in Mantua (c. 28,000 letters received and copies of c. 12,000 letters written). Despite her significant art patronage which included a number of portraits – no other person of her time was so often portrayed – there are very few surviving identified portraits of Isabella. These few identifications are known as inhomogeneous (i.e. differing eye and hair colours as well as divergent eyebrows in both Titian portraits) and there are no images of her between the ages of 26 and 54 (see picture). It is known that the elderly Isabella preferred idealized paintings and even waived sitting as a model. However it could be assumed that she still insisted on seeing her personal characteristics in the outcome.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1512
    Age 37
    In the same year, 1512, she was the hostess at the Congress of Mantua, which was held to settle questions concerning Florence and Milan.
    More Details Hide Details As a ruler, she appeared to have been much more assertive and competent than her husband. When apprised of this fact upon his return, Francesco was furious and humiliated at being upstaged by his wife's superior political ability. This caused their marriage to break down irrevocably.
  • 1509
    Age 34
    Isabella played an important role in Mantua during the city's troubled times. When her husband was captured in 1509 and held hostage in Venice, she took control of Mantua's military forces and held off their invaders until his release in 1512.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1502
    Age 27
    A year after her marriage to Isabella's brother, Alfonso in 1502, the notorious Lucrezia Borgia became the mistress of Francesco.
    More Details Hide Details Isabella had given birth to a daughter, Ippolita at about the same time, and she continued to bear him children throughout Francesco and Lucrezia's long, passionate affair, which was more sexual than romantic. Lucrezia had previously made overtures of friendship to Isabella which the latter had coldly and disdainfully ignored. From the time Lucrezia had first arrived in Ferrara as Alfonso's intended bride, Isabella, despite having acted as hostess during the wedding festivities, had regarded Lucrezia as a rival, whom she sought to outdo at every opportunity. Francesco's affair with Lucrezia, whose beauty was renowned, caused Isabella much jealous suffering and emotional pain. Their liaison ended when he contracted syphilis as a result of encounters with prostitutes.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1493
    Age 18
    Almost four years after her marriage in December 1493, Isabella gave birth to her first child out of an eventual total of eight; it was a daughter, Eleonora, whom they called Leonora for short.
    More Details Hide Details Together Isabella and Francesco had eight children:
  • 1490
    Age 15
    Ten years later on 11 February 1490, at age 15, she married Francesco Gonzaga, who had by then succeeded to the marquisate.
    More Details Hide Details Isabella became his wife and Marchesa amid a spectacular outpouring of popular acclamation. Besides Marquis, Francesco was also Captain General of the armies of the Republic of Venice. She brought as her marriage portion the sum of 3,000 ducats besides valuable jewellery, dishes, and a silver service. Prior to the magnificent banquet which followed the wedding ceremony, Isabella rode through the main streets of Ferrara astride a horse draped in gems and gold. As the couple had known and admired one another for many years, their mutual attraction deepened into love; marriage to Francesco allegedly caused Isabella to "bloom". At the time of her wedding, Isabella was said to have been pretty, slim, graceful and well-dressed. Her long, fine hair was dyed pale blonde, and her eyes, "brown as fir cones in autumn, scattered laughter". Francesco, in his capacity of Captain General of the Venetian armies, was often required to go to Venice for conferences which left Isabella in Mantua on her own at La Reggia the ancient palace which was the family seat of the Gonzagas. She did not lack company, however, as she passed the time with her mother and sister, Beatrice; and upon meeting Elisabetta Gonzaga, her 18-year-old sister-in-law, the two women became close friends. They enjoyed reading books, playing cards, and travelling about the countryside together. Once they journeyed as far as Lake Garda during one of Francesco's absences, and later travelled to Venice.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1480
    Age 5
    She was described as having been physically attractive, albeit slightly plump; however, she also possessed "lively eyes" and was "of lively grace". In 1480, at the age of six, Isabella was betrothed to Gianfrancesco, the heir to the Marquis of Mantua.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was not handsome, Isabella admired him for his strength and bravery; she also regarded him as a gentleman. After their first few encounters, she found that she enjoyed his company and spent the next few years getting to know him and preparing herself to be the Marchesa of Mantua. During their courtship, Isabella treasured the letters, poems, and sonnets he sent her as gifts.
  • 1475
    Age 0
    One year later on 29 June 1475 her sister Beatrice was born, and in 1476 and 1477 two brothers, Alfonso and Ippolito arrived.
    More Details Hide Details In 1479 and 1480 two more brothers were born; they were Ferrante and Sigismondo. Of all the children Isabella was considered to have been the favourite. In the year of Ferrante's birth, Isabella travelled to Naples with her mother. When her mother returned to Ferrara, Isabella accompanied her, while the other children stayed behind with their grandfather for eight years. It was during the journey with her mother that Isabella acquired the art of diplomacy and statecraft. Isabella, being naturally gifted and intellectually precocious in her youth, received an excellent education. As a child she studied Roman history, and rapidly learned to translate Greek and Latin (the former would become her favourite language) needed. Because of her outstanding intellect, she often discussed the classics and the affairs of state with ambassadors. Moreover, she was personally acquainted with the painters, musicians, writers, and scholars, who lived in and around the court. Besides her knowledge of history and languages, she could also recite Virgil and Terence by heart. Isabella was also a talented singer and musician, and was taught to play the lute by Giovanni Angelo Testagrossa In addition to all these admirable accomplishments, she also was an innovator of new dances, having been instructed in the art by Ambrogio, a Jewish dancing master.
  • 1474
    Born
    She was born on Tuesday 19 May 1474 at nine o'clock in the evening in Ferrara, to Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara and Eleanor of Naples.
    More Details Hide Details Eleanor was the daughter of Ferdinand I, the Aragonese King of Naples, and Isabella of Clermont.
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