S: Vittoria Colonna
FC: The Life of Vittoria Colonna
1: The Life and Adventures of Vittoria Colonna By: Hope McIntosh
2: Life during the Renaissance period was nothing like today. My name is Giovanni Moroni and Vittoria Colonna was one of my neighbors and closest childhood friends. We were both born in Marino, Italy into Roman Catholic families. We only got the chance to act like children until the age of around seven or eight years old.
3: Marino, Italy
4: Painting of Vittoria as a young child.
5: We only got the chance to act like children until the age of around seven or eight years old. Up until this age we would run around in the fields and play games for hours. When we reached this age we started to see each other less and less. Although this was upsetting for both of us, there was not really anything that could be done about it.
6: Vittoria had always loved writing poetry and the study of literature. Her dream was to become a strong, independent woman. Later on in her life she received the highest education available to her and focused on literature. This led to a successful career as a poet.
8: Francesco Ferrante D'Avalos
9: Her family decided that she would be engaged at the early age of four years old to Francesco Ferrante D’Avalos, son of the marquis of Pescara. Arranged marriages were very common during this time period. She married Francesco Ferrante D’Avalos at the age of nineteen. One obstacle that she faced was that Francesco was taken prisoner and transported to France.
10: Vittoria longed to see him for their love was very strong. Passionate letters were passed between them until he was released. The letters served as a sense of inspiration for the career that came her way later in her lifetime. When they were brought back together she faced the difficult task of keeping her husband from receiving the crown of Naples. He died that me November; this news was very hard on Vittoria.
11: Love letters written between the couple.
13: She was especially upset that her hopes of conceiving any children had been destroyed. She didn’t want to have children with anyone but Francesco. She did care for her husband’s young cousin instead though. At this point, the friendship we shared had started to diminish until we met again at a convention for writers and artists.
14: The convention increased her understanding of the Renaissance style and her works quickly began to improve. After catching up on lost time we took a trip to Rome where we spent lots of time at different monasteries. While we were still in Rome I encouraged her to write the Rime Amorose, a collection of 136 poems.
15: Vittoria's book of 136 poems.
16: Ghiberti and Contarini
17: We were reunited after our trip and stayed good friends until her death. We shared many memories together and she had a great impact on my life. We supported and encouraged each other, which led us both to success. Close friendships were formed with Ghiberti and Contarini.
18: Michelangelo was a very close friend of ours as well. He dedicated many drawings and sonnets to Vittoria. Her poems had a very emotional and mature feel to them. Her style was greatly inspired by Pietro Bembo and a few other poets from the period.
19: Drawing of Vittoria by Michelangelo.
21: She is known today for her extravagant poems that are still being studied and read. In her poems she mostly wrote using sonnets, this was a very common technique during the Renaissance. Vittoria died on February 25, 1547.