Monday, May 23, 2016

Biography - Margravine Isabella d'Este of Mantova (Italy) 1474-1539

For many years, between 1508-10 & 1516-25 Margravine Isabella d'Este 1474-1539 served as Regent of Mantova (Italy). Even before 1508, she reigned, when her husband, Federico I Gonzaga, was away from the state.  She was officially regent during his captivity & afterwards during his illness. She served as regent for a 2nd time for her son, Federico II Gonzaga, when he was away from the state. As regent she founded a school for young women, where they had to observe a strict code of moral conduct.

Titian (1490-1576) Isabella d'Este

The mother of 5 sons & 4 daughters, she was able to speak Greek & Latin & to hold her own in any debate. She was also artistic & could play the lute, sing, & dance. She was a patron of the arts setting artistic fashions & standards. She also wrote over 2,000 letters commenting on everything from politics to war.