Come and Discover:
The niece of cardinal Mazzarino, inappropriate lover of Luis XIV of France, then wife to the powerful Roman prince Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, Maria Mancini, aged 22, arrived in the papal city in 1661 transforming the Roman scene through her refined French taste, scandalous fashion, and famous masquerades.
While she was associated with Venus, the ancient Queen Artemisia, or the sorceress Armida, Maria was in fact far from frivolous or whimsical in her choices even when she flouted all social conventions and eventually abandoned her husband, princely household, and stifling entourage.
This talk explores Maria Mancinis’ contributions as patron of the arts and reassesses her role as a revolutionary woman in the seventeenth century.
The lecture lasts 1 hour with 20 minutes of Q&A at the end!
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