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ISABELLA d'ESTE: the life and work of a truly cultured woman Sarah Dunnant Wednesday 06 February 2019

In an age where women had little public power, Isabella dā€™ Este (1474 ā€“ 1539) stands out as a formidable figure.

Her court in Mantua was filled with writers and poets of distinction. Her voice sings out from thousands of letters which she composed in her meticulously designed study, and images ā€“ from Da Vinci to Titian ā€“ bring alive a woman whose eye for fashion was every bit as keen as her eye for art.