Recreations: Maria Boscola

Inspired by the recent wave of artwork recreations, I attempted to recreate the 1784 portrait of Maria Boscola, the regatta racer famed for winning five races (four firsts and one second) in a 44 year span. She’s still remembered by Venetians and known as La Brava (and is one of the women I wrote about in A Beautiful Woman in Venice).

I’m throwing down the gauntlet! Can you recreate any of the other portraits from the cover? I’ll list them in order below.

Some of the women I write about have no known portrait, like Giovanna, the young woman who painted a portrait of saints and hung it in the sotoportego to her corte in order to ward off the plague. It apparently worked! What do you think she’d look like? Can you create an image to do her justice? And there are more besides her. If you’ve read the book, you might be inspired by some of the other stories!

Btw, I’m posting these on Instagram too, under “seductivevenice,” so you can also follow the fun there!


First row: Veronica Franco, Cassandra Fedele, Maria Boscola, Sarra Copia Sulam.

Second row: Modesta Pozzo, Giustina Renier Michiel, Angela del Moro, Lucrezia Marinella Vacca.

Third row: Giustiniana Wynne, Margherita Vitturi, Elisabetta Caminer Turra, Antonia Padoani Bembo.

Fourth row: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi, Gaspara Stampa, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi, Barbara Strozzi.

Fifth row: Cencia Scarpariola, Morosina Morosini Grimani, Marina Querini Benzon, Rosalba Carriera.

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