The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice Della Rovere

By Caroline P. Murphy

The illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice della Rovere grew to become some of the most strong and finished girls of the Italian Renaissance. Now, Caroline Murphy vividly captures the untold tale of a unprecedented girl who moved with self belief via a global of popes and princes.

Using a wide selection of resources, together with Felice's own correspondence, in addition to diaries, account books, and chronicles of Renaissance Rome, Murphy skillfully weaves a compelling portrait of this impressive lady. Felice della Rovere was once to witness Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, watch her father Pope Julius II lay the root stone for the hot Saint Peter's, and observed herself immortalized by means of Raphael in his Vatican frescos. together with her marriage to Gian Giordano Orsini—arranged, although now not attended, by way of her father the Pope—she got here to own nice wealth and tool, resources which she used to her virtue. whereas her father lived, Felice exercised a lot impression within the affairs of Rome, even negotiating for peace with the Queen of France. After his demise, Felice endured, making allies of the cardinals and clerics of St. Peter's and conserving her regulate of the Orsini land via tenacity, ingenuity, and punctiliously cultivated political savvy. She survived the Sack of Rome in 1527, yet her maximum enemy proved to be her personal stepson Napoleone, whose contention together with his stepbrother Girolamo ended without warning and violently, and taken her perilously with reference to wasting every little thing she had spent her lifestyles acquiring.

With a wonderful solid of characters, The Pope's Daughter is a spellbinding biography set opposed to the intense backdrop of Renaissance Rome.

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Procuring Palo used to be the shrewdest act Felice had but undertaken. As a property-owner in her personal correct, together with her identification and authority extra improved, she used to be approximately to take yet one more step in her profession and develop into a political negotiator. 112 chapter 7 Vatican Ambassadress The January 1509 buy of Palo marks some degree of adulthood for Felice. She used to be now independently filthy rich, and that autonomy garnered her higher recognize between her friends. Her father observed that he may perhaps take advantage of the impact she now wielded for his personal ends. Felice willingly colluded. within the years that had handed considering that Felice married Gian Giordano, Julius had endured to enforce his plans and pursuits. He had carried on along with his paintings renovating the Vatican Palace. Bramante had equipped ceremonial staircases, designed an exceptional window by and large throne room, the Sala Regia, and made growth at the development of recent St Peter’s. The stormiest dating ever among an artist and a buyer, that among Michelangelo and Julius, additionally gave delivery to notable artistic endeavors. Julius had misplaced curiosity in his tomb undertaking yet in 1508 he did set Michelangelo to paintings on new for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the masterpiece of his uncle Sixtus IV’s reign whose ceiling used to be now cracking. that very same 12 months, Julius introduced Michelangelo’s maximum rival to Rome, the twenty-five-year-old painter Raphael of Urbino, who used to be, coincidentally, an identical age as Felice. The younger artist, who grew up on the Montefeltro courtroom, had already taken Florence via typhoon together with his beautiful rendition of the Virgin and baby, redefining the note sprezzatura. It gave Julius great delight to scouse borrow him from town whose attractiveness he was once deterMedal devised from Pax Romana logo felix of the oak and the endure mined Rome could surpass. yet Julius sought after Raphael’s talents for his inner most excitement: he had no wish to reside within the flats belonging to his predecessor Alexander VI. Their undefined, by way of the Sienese painter Pinturicchio, consisted of reports from the previous and New testomony with the members within the guise of participants of the Borgia relatives. Pinturiccho depicted the blonde-haired Lucrezia as St Catherine, her brother Cesare as a Turk, and Alexander as King Solomon. Julius had completely no goal of taking a look up into their faces on a daily basis. rather than easily carrying on with to dwell within the related rooms, and feature Pinturicchio’s paintings painted over, he made up our minds to maneuver out of them totally. He had Bramante practice structural paintings on older papal chambers, recognized easily because the Stanze (rooms). Raphael was once to beautify them with frescos symbolically illustrating the entire nice achievements and goals of his reign. 1 between those are Parnassus, the place Apollo and the Muses take a seat between students and philosophers from Homer to Dante. The multi-figured institution of Athens contains Bramante depicted as Euclid, Michelangelo because the melancholic Heraclitus, and Leonardo da Vinci as Plato. Raphael himself friends out from the some distance righthand nook.

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