Colonna, Vittoria, marchesa di Pescara

Colonna, Vittoria, marchesa di Pescara

(vētô`rēä kōlôn`nä märkā`zä dē pāskä`rä), 1492–1547, Italian poet; daughter of Fabrizio Colonna (see under ColonnaColonna
, noble Roman family that played a leading part in the history of Rome from the 12th to the 16th cent. They were hereditary enemies of the Orsini and Caetani families, generally siding with the Ghibellines, or antipapal faction, against the Guelph alliance (see Guelphs
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). Her love for her husband, Ferrante d'Avalos, is the subject of part of her lamenting verse. After his death (1525) she lived in convents, devoting herself to religious reform. The larger part of her work treats religious themes. In her later years she was a close friend of Michelangelo. For a translation of her verse, see Lorna de' Lucchi, An Anthology of Italian Poems (1922).

Bibliography

See biography by R. Targoff (2018).

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