Vittoria Colonna By Paige Drew

Vittoria Colonna was the most successful women poet in Italy during the 14th and 15th century.

Colonna's parents were Fabrizio Colonna and Agnese di Montefeltro. She grew up in the city of Rome in Italy. She was engaged at a young age and married by 1509 to Francesco Ferrante D’Avalos. Her marriage was political and set in place to gain connections with the Spanish throne. Once married, the couple resided in the Neapolitan Countryside. Her husband went on to join the military and she returned to Ischia. Here she spent most of her time at the court and library her aunt presided and gained her aspirations to become a writer. In 1512 her husband died in the battle of Pavia and soon after her fame and activity as a poet grew.

Vittoria Colonna’s poems were based on Petrarchan linguistics and modeled by platonic. Relationships she kept with other famous artists. She produced many poems and became very involved in religious reform issues. After her husband passed. The earliest poem that can be found is from 1512 about her husband’s death due to her loss and loneliness.

In 1538 she published her first edition of poetry titled, Rimes

Twelve more editions were produced until her death in the mid-fifteenth hundreds. Most of her work was based on Petrarchan linguistics, but she came closer to her dying age, she produced many works based on spirituality and celebration. Outside of poetry she produced letters based on religious themes which involved her interest in religious reform. Her focus was to define the female role through literacy regarding Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. She kept a personal distance from her work, so her writing was in no way related to her claim in fame.

"The Painter Michelangelo At The Deathbed Of Vittoria Colonna" - Nicaise De Keyser

Much of Vittoria Colonna’s work was based of of inspiration from platonic relationships. In 1538 Colonna met Michelangelo and began exchanging letters and sonnets. She introduced him to religious reform issues which aided their discussions in art, politics, and religion. Colonna inspired many of Michelangelo’s poetry and paintings. Vittoria Colonna died in 1547 leading a very prosperous life from her career in literature. She kept many of her platonic relationships until her dying days

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