Tag Archives: women’s history

A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Anna Maria dal Violin

On this day in 1782, a great violinist died. She was Anna Maria dal Violin, who was orphaned, left at the Ospedale Santa Maria della Pietá in the scaffetta, a revolving door where babies could be left anonymously. She showed … Continue reading

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Boston’s Beautiful Woman in Venice

Okay, one more post about the Boston-Venice connection. While in Boston, I also visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, my favorite type of museum because it is set up to feel like a home full of art. Isabella, a Boston … Continue reading

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What Thunder Is His!

A friend pointed out that in a letter to Giuseppe Pelli, Elisabetta mentioned Casanova: È da osservare che la notorietà del personaggio era grande e che anche della sua attività di scrittore, oltre che di avventuriero, si parlava molto, negli … Continue reading

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No Reason to Hide Ourselves

I missed the anniversary of Elisabetta Caminer Turra’s death by a couple days, but that’s no reason not to commemorate her today. She died on June 7, 1796, of complications related to breast cancer. Her doctors contended that the cancer … Continue reading

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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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