Isabella d'Este

by: Laura Scott

1474 – 1539 (age 64). A very different kind of woman! Italian.

Isabella grew up in a wealthy household.

Her education being that of a boys'.

Isabella then married at the age of 16 to a man named Francesco II Gonzaga.

They had eight children together. (the one in the photo is the first born son named


She then was a muse to many people, but strongly influenced Titian and Da Vinci.

In 1512, Isabella was the hostess at the Congress of Mantua.

She was also a fabulous lute player, and an important patron of music. She was instrumental in the development of the frottola. (type of Italian song).

Today you can see paintings, hear music, and feel clothing because of the influence of Isabella d'Este.

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