Title: Venetian Virgins: The Cloistered Lives of Convent Brides
Dates: 1500 - 1700
Era: Italian Renaissance
Summary: In the watery world of Venice, where the sinful meets the saintly, lived a group of women secluded from the sumptuous city around them. These women were married to Christ and instructed to dedicate their lives to poverty, chastity, and obedience. But was their devotion genuine? Did they choose to take the veil? Or did the financial and political spheres of their birth dictate their inevitable seclusion? Join us on a gondola ride through Renaissance Venice to meet these fated women and discover how cloistered nuns defied their destiny.
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Portrait of Maria Salviati, wife of Giovanni de Medici and mother of Archduke Cosimo I. Attributed to Pontormo. Often incorrectly identified as Arcangela Tarabotti. (1543-45)
Paternal Tyranny, retitled La Semplicita Infannata. Published after Tarabotti's death in 1652.
Pietro Longhi’s The Visiting Parlour in the Convent (1702 - 1785)
Jacometto Veneziano's Portrait of a Nun (1485-95)