Isabella d'Este, Marchioness of Mantua, 1474-1539: A Study of the Renaissance - Vol. 2

Isabella d'Este, Marchioness of Mantua, 1474-1539: A Study of the Renaissance - Vol. 2

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Isabella d'Este, Marchioness of Mantua, 1474-1539: A Study of the Renaissance - Vol. 2

Isabella d'Este, Marchioness of Mantua, 1474-1539: A Study of the Renaissance - Vol. 2

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ISABELLA D'ESTE

CHAPTER XXI
1502-1512

Cristoforo Romano's letters--Caradosso's cup and inkstand--Cristoforo in Rome--The Cupid of Praxiteles acquired for Isabella's studio--Cristoforo at Naples--Isabella's medal shown to the Queens--Cristoforo's love for Urbino--His death at Loreto-- Sabbà da Castiglione, Knight of S. John--Sabbà in Rhodes --His passion for antiques and letters to Isabella--Travels in the Isles of Greece--Antique marbles and medals sent to Mantua--He returns to Italy and writes his memoirs.

CHIEF among the artists in Isabella's service who were constantly helping her to acquire new treasures for her studio was the sculptor Cristoforo Romano. The incurable malady from which he suffered hindered his own work and obliged him to seek frequent change of air, but wherever he went he never forgot the interests of his mistress, and his letters from Milan Bologna, and Rome abound in allusions to the antique marbles and richly worked cups, gems, and medals which he advised her to buy. In February 1502 we find him at Venice enjoying the company of his friends Michele Vianello and Lorenzo da Pavia. On his return to Mantua he fell dangerously ill, and in August Isabella's friend, Margherita Cantelma, invited the Marchesa to send him to Ferrara to consult a clever physician, Messer Sebastiano d'Aquila, who had cured . . .

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