Isabella D'Este (part 2)

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  • In addition to funding the arts, Isabella herself was also a skilled poet, writer, singer, dancer, painter, debater, and musician.
  • Isabella also invited figures like Ludovico Ariosto and Baldassare Castiglione into her court, who made it world renowned as a "model of good taste and proper decorum" (Streisguth).
  • "Above all else he took care to fill his household with very noble and valiant gentlemen" (Castiglione).
  • After her husband's capture during a military campaign against the French in 1509, Isabella began to rule Mantua independently.
  • Following her husband's death from syphilis in 1512, Isabella ruled as regent to her son Frederico II Gonzaga, who was only 12 years old at the time.
  • During her reign as marchesa, she was noted for her "diplomacy, justice, tenacity, and wit in the exercise of her authority" ("Isabella d'Este") in Mantua.
  • In 1539, Isabella died at the age of 64, leaving behind a legacy of greatness for Mantua during her reign.
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