Isabella d'Este, Marchesa di Mantua

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Isabella d'Este, Marchesa di Mantua

Also Known As: "di Este"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Ferrara, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death: February 13, 1539 (64)
Mantua, Mantua, Lombardy, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ercole I d'Este, duca di Ferrara and Eleonora Trastámara d'Aragona, principessa di Napoli
Wife of Francesco II Gonzaga, Marchese di Mantova
Mother of Eleonora Ippolita Gonzaga; Federico II Gonzaga, duca di Mantova; Ippolita Gonzaga; Ercole Gonzaga; Ferrante I Gonzaga, conte di Guastalla and 1 other
Sister of Beatrice d'Este; Duke of Ferrara Alfonso d'Este; Ferrante d'Este; Ippolito I d'Este, Cardinal d'Este and Sigismondo d'Este
Half sister of Lucrezia d'Este

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About Isabella d'Este, Marchesa di Mantua


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Isabella d'Este (19 May 1474 – 13 February 1539) was Marchesa of Mantua and one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance as a major cultural and political figure. She was a patron of the arts as well as a leader of fashion, whose innovative style of dressing was copied by women throughout Italy and at the French court. The poet Ariosto labeled her as the "liberal and magnanimous Isabella", while author Matteo Bandello described her as having been "supreme among women". Diplomat Niccolò da Correggio went even further by hailing her as "The First Lady of the world".

She served as the regent of Mantua during the absence of her husband, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua and the minority of her son, Federico, Duke of Mantua. In 1500 she met King Louis XII of France in Milan on a diplomatic mission to persuade him not to send his troops against Mantua.

She was a prolific letter-writer, and maintained a lifelong correspondence with her sister-in-law Elisabetta Gonzaga. Lucrezia Borgia was another sister-in-law; she later became the mistress of Isabella's husband.

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Isabella d'Este, Marchesa di Mantua's Timeline

May 17, 1474
Ferrara, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Age 18
May 17, 1500
Age 26
Age 26
November 22, 1505
Age 31
Mantua, Lombardy, Italy
January 28, 1507
Age 32
Mantua, Province of Mantua, Lombardy, Italy
Age 33
February 13, 1539
Age 64
Mantua, Mantua, Lombardy, Italy