Vittoria Colonna



From the fifteenth century on, humanism promoted a new mentality that places the individual (man) as the center and measure of all things (it sediments of androcentrism). This fact will promote in the artistic field the emergence of new genres associated with the interests and desires of a new clientele. In this sense, the promoted portrait appears as an image of power. At this time the female portrait became something valuable, as a symbol of private property. Likewise, we also find portraits of women who deconstruct the socially assigned role. This is the case of Vittoria Colonna (aristocrat, cultured, refined, wrote loving poetry and reflective prose on religious and spiritual themes =. Admired by great men of her time such as Baldassare de Castiglione (author of the book The Courtier), Leonardo Da Vinci, who immortalized her in a portrait, or Michelangelo, who was strongly influenced by her, a relationship that has left an extensive epistolary relationship.

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