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Vittoria Colonna, marchesa di Pescara

Colonna, Vittoria, marchesa di Pescara (vētôˈrēä kōlônˈnä märkāˈzä dē pāskäˈrä) [key], 1492–1547, Italian poet; daughter of Fabrizio Colonna. Her love for her husband, Ferrante d'Avalos, is the subject of part of her lamenting verse. After his death (1525) she lived in convents, devoting herself to religious reform. The larger part of her work treats religious themes. In her later years she was a close friend of Michelangelo. For a translation of her verse, see Lorna de' Lucchi, An Anthology of Italian Poems (1922).

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