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Lucrezia Borgia by marasop Lucrezia Borgia by marasop
Lucrezia Borgia, duchess of Ferrara

Lucrezia was the beautifull and only daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, the Pope Alexander VI, and sister of the terrible (the devil on Earth of this period in Italy) Cesare Borgia, and the Giovanni and Giofre Borgia.

Very little is known about Lucrezia, even her role in the extent of her complicity in the political machinations of her father and brothers is unclear. They certainly arranged several marriages for her to important or powerful men in order to advance their own political ambitions. Lucrezia was married to Giovanni Sforza (Lord of Pesaro), Alfonso of Aragon (Duke of Bisceglie), and Alfonso I d'Este (Duke of Ferrara).

So she was a tool in her family as the many women of history. But Lucrezia was also one of the many who was misunderstood and misinterpreted by the history, since she was very inteligent and a great incentiver of artists, she helped make Ferrara (her final home as the "Good Duchess") a center for artists and writers.
Ok, she has many lovers, but in her time, who doesn't? And even the affairs with her father and brother never was confirmed, perhaps this was just one of many rumours of the enemies of her family.

Lucrezia was intelligent, spoke and wrote five languages (Italian, Catalan, French, Latin, and Greek) and was one the most beautifull woman of her time.

"Lucretia Borgia might correspond with the one derived from the documents of her time, which show her as an amiable, gentle, thoughtless, and unfortunate woman. Her misfortunes, in life, were due in part to a fate for which she was in no way responsible, and, after her death, in the opinion which was formed regarding her character." (Ferdinand Gregorovius, Lucretia Borgia p. 362)

The outfit is from the fresco of the italian painter Bernardino di Betto (Pinturicchio) in the Borgia's Apartments, Lucrezia Borgia as St Catherine of Siena, Vatican.

see the outfit: [link]
more about her:
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I'm thinking in make one outfit of the The Borgias series and the blue dress of cover of Milo Manara's Borgias... Well, we'll see XD
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belianis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe the Catherine in question is Catherine of Alexandria, the one whose symbol is a spiked wheel, and in whose honour C of Siena received her name.
The Renaissance already has enough of a turpid reputation to keep adding more nonsense to it. Could you make an image of Francis of Paola, one of the greatest saints of the period, and to whom Liszt dedicated one of his best piano works?
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marasop Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I took the information from my research, but thanks for the correction :D
Yes, the renaissance painters loved to mix a lot of things and confuse everything on their art... But this period is one of my favorites... I really love italian renaissance! :D
About Francis of Paola, he isn't on my to do list because is a guy, and I prefer to draw girls, but I'll think about him ;)
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Everything about this is flovely
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marasop Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I love her costumes!
I still will make some costume of The Borgias tv show... OH gosh, that costumes are so gorgeous!!!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty...and one of my favorite people from history. :D
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marasop Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Yeah, one of favorities too!

She was really intriguing, no wonder she is so controversial until today!
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She really is...
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MlleTomate Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Poor girl, she had a bad destiny :( Manipuled by her ambitious father and brother... I think she was very clever and beautiful.
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marasop Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I think she was very pretty and clever too! She had to be clever to survive her family, right? And, if wasn't for the bad reputation of her family, she certainly would have made history as one of the muses of the renaissance rather than one of the worst villains ever.
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MlleTomate Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
You did it very weel =D !!!
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