Lucrezia Marinella

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Lucrezia Marinella
Born Lucrezia Marinelli
1571
Venice, Italy
Died 1653
Occupation Writer, poet
Known for Amore innamorato, et impazzato

Lucrezia Marinelli (c.1571–1653), also known as Lucrezia Marinelli Vacca and Lucrezia Marinella (pen name), was an Italian author, poet, and one of the early advocates of women's rights in Italy.[1] She is the author of several noted works such as La Nobilta et l'eccellenza delle donne, co' difetti et mancamenti degli uomoni (The nobility and excellences of women, and the defects and vices of men), Vita di Maria Vergine Imperatrice dell'universo, L'Enrico overo Bisanzio acquistato and others.

Biographical Background[edit]

Lucrezia Marinella was born in Venice, Italy.[2] Although a noted author of her time, little has been documented about Marinella's personal life.[3] She came from a family of physicians and married one herself. Her father's professional interest in women's health is a supposed influence in her work. Her family supported her education as well as women's education at large.[4]

List of Works[edit]

  • The Holy Dove (La colomba sacra) (1595)
  • Life of the Seraphic and Glorious St. Francis (Vita del serafico et glorioso San Francesco) (1597)
  • Cupid in Love and Driven Mad (Amore innamorato eimpazzato) (1598)
  • The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men (1600)
  • The Life of the Virgin Mary, Empress of the Universe (La vita di Maria Virgine Imperatrice dell' universo) (1602)
  • Sacred Verses (Rime sacre) (1603)
  • Happy Arcadia (Arcadia felice) (1605)
  • St. Peter's Tears (Le lagrime di San Pietro) (1606)
  • The Life of St. Justine (Vita di Santa Giustina in ottava rima) (1606)
  • Vite de' dodeci heroi di Christo, et de 'Quatro Evangelisti (1617)
  • The Heroic Deeds and Marvellous Life of the Seraphic St. Catherine of Siena (De' gesti heroici e della vita meravigliosa della serafica Santa Caterina da Siena) (1624)
  • Henry of Byzantium Gained (L'Enrico overo Bisanzio acquistato) (1635)
  • Essortationi alle donne et a gl'altri se a loro saranno a grado (1645)
  • Holocausto d'amore della vergine Santa Giustina (1648)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marinella, Lucrezia; Dunhill, Anne (tr.) (2000). The Nobility and Excellence of Women, and the Defects and Vices of Men. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226505459. 
  2. ^ Panizza, Letizia; Lucrezia Marinella; Dunhill, transl. and ed. by Anne (1999). "Introduction to the Translation" in The nobility and excellence of women, and the defects and vices of men. ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. p. 33. ISBN 9780226505459. 
  3. ^ Panizza, Letizia; Lucrezia Marinella; Dunhill, transl. and ed. by Anne (1999). "Introduction to the Translation" in The nobility and excellence of women, and the defects and vices of men. ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. p. 3. ISBN 9780226505459. 
  4. ^ Project Continua. "MARINELLI, LUCREZIA". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Luca Piantoni, Mirabile cristiano ed eloquenza sacra in Lucrezia Marinelli, in Poesia e retorica del Sacro tra Cinque e Seicento, a cura di Elisabetta Selmi, Erminia Ardissino, Alessandria, Edizioni Dell'Orso, 2009, pp. 435–445.