Category Archives: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Posts that relate to my book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice.

Redefining Beauty: Morosina Morosini Grimani

In 1597 Morosina Morosini Grimani hosted a coronation party unusual for its time. Her husband Marino Grimani had been chosen as Doge of Venice two years earlier and had had his own inauguration festival. But the unusual thing was her … Continue reading

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The Impiraresse Gain Recognition!

Venice’s glass beads, bead makers, and the women who strung and worked with these beads have achieved worldwide recognition: They have been granted status by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Read here about the history of these beads and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women’s History–With a Gift for You!

Happy Women’s History Month! We have a few days left to celebrate the many ways that women contribute to our world. To celebrate, I’d like to offer you a free chapter about a remarkable Venetian woman: Giulia Lama. Her work … Continue reading

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Women Making Glass–Present and Past

More and more women are taking up traditional rowing in Venice, in organizations like Row Venice and as gondoliers. Now more women are also taking up glass blowing, Traditionally, women made beads using a technique called lampwork, or they strung … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Rossi

Why have I waited so long to post this video? Giustina Rossi is a Venetian hero and the story from farthest in the past from my collection of Beautiful Women in Venice. I cajoled a stranger on a busy day … Continue reading

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Recreations: Sarra Copia Sulam

Hasn’t Karen captured Sarra Copia Sulam’s look so perfectly? That wistful smile is lovely. Thanks, Karen, for adding to the gallery! I hope this will inspire more people to send me their photos to recreate these beautiful women. Sarra Copia … Continue reading

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Recreations: Lucrezia Marinella

Karen has recreated this image of Lucrezia Marinella, the genre-defying author from the 1500s. I don’t know how the women back then created those little horns with their hair, and I don’t blame Karen for not trying to mimic that … Continue reading

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Recreations: Luisa Bergalli Gozzi

Swift on the heels of Laura’s portrait of Isabella, I received this contribution from Tina, who has captured the look of Luisa Bergalli Gozzi. The original portrait comes from the frontispiece of her anthology of Venetian women writers, an important … Continue reading

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Recreations: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

Wow, someone rose to my challenge right away! My friend Laura, and artist and art teacher, sent this recreation of Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi. The original portrait is by Elisabeth Louise VigeĆ© Le Brun (1792). Doesn’t Laura have the perfect hair? … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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