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Mantua: the Ducal Palace and Isabella d’Este

Meet the first woman of the Renaissance

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Counting captains of the people, marquises and dukes, there were over 18 Gonzaga of Mantua, besides 14 cardinals, 12 bishops and one Saint. But the most Gonzaga of them all was a woman: Isabella d’Este. She was Francesco II’s wife and Federico II Gonzaga’s mother, half from Ferrara and half Hispanic-Neapolitan. She inspired so many artists: Leonardo da Vinci and Ariosto, Giulio Romano, Raphael, Perugino, Mantegna, Titian and so on…

One of the most important historical characters of the Gonzaga Family was a woman: Isabella d’Este. Known as the first woman of the Renaissance, she led the way in fashion in almost every field: clothing, jewellery, hairstyles, gloves, shoes… Visit her famous private study at the Ducal Palace of Mantua to learn more about her history.

Known as the first woman of the Renaissance, She led the way in fashion in almost every field: clothing, jewellery, hairstyles, gloves, shoes… She was also a great PR woman, who used to receive many guests. Visit her famous private study at the Ducal Palace of Mantua to learn more about her history.

Visit the official Mantua Ducal Palace website

Cover pic by Flickr User Annabelle Orozco

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