and the Devil himself...

and the Devil himself...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

More Art and Love, Paintings of the Loves of Lucrezia Borgia

I gave The Borgia's a try yesterday and, while a little disappointed, I'm delighted that it led to my reading more about the beautiful and scandelous Lucrezia.

Portrait of a Woman by Bartolomeo Veneto, traditionally assumed to be Lucrezia Borgia
Immortally beautiful, Lucrezia was married several times and, of course, had several lovers. We hear a lot about what she looked like but what did they look like?

Her first husband was Giovanni Sforza, when he no longer met her father's political ends, it is rumored that his execution was ordered and Lucrezia helped him escape to Rome.

Belinni portrait believed to be Giovanni Sforza
Her second husband, Alfonso of Aragon, (who unfortunately I cannot find a portrait of), was said to be very good looking. So good looking, in fact, her once attractive brother, scarred by syphilis, is said to have murdered him out of jealousy. Shockingly, her brother, Cesare Borgia, was rumored to be the father of her first child:

Ceasere Borgia
Thirdly, she married Alfonso I d'Este:

Alfonso I d'Este
In addition to her husbands, Lucrezia is believed to have been romantically involved with:

Her father's messenger, Perotto, rumored, along with Ceasere, to be the father of her first child. 

Her brother in law, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua: 

Francesco II Gonzaga
The poet Pietro Bembo:

Pietro Bembo by Raffael
And Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard:

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