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#70 Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo - A Renaissance Friendship: A Conversation with Ramie Targoff

Friday, November 10th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

This lecture will discuss the extraordinary Renaissance figure, Vittoria Colonna, whose 1538 book of Rime made her the first woman in Italy to have a book of original poems published, and her friendship with Michelangelo Buonarotti. Often reduced to Michelangelo's muse, Colonna was in fact an intimate friend and spiritual mentor to the famous artist, and the letters and poems they exchanged reveal the complexity of their relationship.

Ramie Targoff is the Jehuda Reinharz Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English, and Co-Chair of Italian Studies at Brandeis University She is the author of Common Prayer: Language and Devotion in Early Modern England (2001), John Donne, Body and Soul (2008); and Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England (2014), all from University of Chicago Press; and Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018).

She is also the translator of Sonnets of Widowhood: Vittoria Colonna’s 1538 Rime, published in 2021 from ITER Press as part of “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” Series. Her new book, Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance, is forthcoming in 2024 from Alfred A. Knopf. Targoff is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and she was the Renaissance Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. She has been a visiting professor at Merton College, Oxford University; Villa I Tatti, Florence; and the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.


Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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