Monday, October 7, 2013

Simonetta Vespucci

She was the favorite model of the great Boticelli. From Gio:
The name Simonetta Vespucci may not say much to many people, yet everyone knows her face. Considered the most beautiful woman of the Renaissance, "la bella Simonetta", as she was nicknamed, was praised by the poets and painted by the painters of her time. She's the inspiration, and the face, of one of the most famous paintings of all times, "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli.

Simonetta, daughter of the nobleman Gaspare Cattaneo and his wife Catocchia Spinola, was born in Genoa in 1454. A lovely child, she grew into a stunning young woman. At 15, she married Marco Vespucci (he was a cousin of the famous explorer Amerigo) and moved with him to Florence, the capital of the Italian Renaissance. Her beauty, coupled with her sweet disposition, turned her into a celebrity. (Read more.)

1 comment:

Gio said...

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