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Who Is Mary?: Three Early Modern Women on the Idea of the Virgin Mary

Vittoria Colonna, Chiara Matraini, and Lucrezia Marinella


For women of the Italian Renaissance, the Virgin Mary was one of the most important role models. This book presents devotional works written by three women better known for their secular writings: Vittoria Colonna, famed for her Petrarchan lyric verse; Chiara Matraini, one of the most original poets of her generation; and the wide-ranging, intellectually ambitious polemicist Lucrezia Marinella. At a time when the cult of the Virgin was undergoing a substantial process of redefinition, these texts cast fascinating light on the beliefs of Catholic women in the Renaissance, and also, in the cases ... More

Keywords: Italian Renaissance, Virgin Mary, Vittoria Colonna, Chiara Matraini, Lucrezia Marinella, cult of the Virgin, Catholic women, female decorum, Mary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226113982
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226113975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vittoria Colonna, author

Chiara Matraini, author

Lucrezia Marinella, author