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Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Video: Barbara Strozzi

Who published the most music of any European composer in the Baroque era? Bach, Corelli, Handel? Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Vivaldi? Nope, nope, nope….and nope. It wasn’t even a man. It was Barbara Strozzi, Venetian composer who lived from 1619 to 1677. … Continue reading

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Nasty Woman, Venetian Style

After the recent U.S. presidential election, Urban Dictionary defines a “Nasty Woman” this way: “An intelligent female who is adept at putting ignorant men in their place.” “Her: My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s — … Continue reading

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Venetian Midwives–Who Knew?

At the presentation I recently made about Sarra Copia Sulam at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco, one audience member showed a remarkable knowledge of Venetian history. He approached me afterwards and introduced himself as the expert on Venetian … Continue reading

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“Redefining Beauty” Videos: Modesta Pozzo

Oh no! I’ve run out of “Quattro Minuti con Casanova” videos. Time to go back to Venice and make some more! Until the next trip, I offer you a new series of videos about the beautiful women of Venice that … Continue reading

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“In Defense of my own Sex”

  “You forbid women to learn so they are incapable of defending themselves against your schemes and then proclaim how stupid they are and how you triumphed over them,” (108) proclaimed Arcangela Tarabotti, a nun cloistered in Venice’s Sant’Anna convent … Continue reading

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