After Vittoria Colonna's husband died in 1525, she devoted her life to supporting religious order and her poetry. Some of Colonna's best work actually came from writings about her husband. Her activity and fame grew wildly after his death.
God listens only to my heart. He cares nothing for my style.
Sometime around 1538, Michelangelo was introduced to Vittoria Colonna. He was so overwhelmed by her work and devoted himself to her.
Wow...Victtoria Colonna is a great poet.
Colonna's writing is magnificent!
A first edition of Colonna's Rime was published in 1538, and was followed by twelve further published editions. It was made up of verses in praise and memory of Francesco D'Avalos, which was her husband.
Her later poetry turned to religion and her spiritual life; she was an outspoken advocate of reform in the Catholic Church. Colonna published many other works including religious themes and letters.
Although she always claimed to have no desire to see her work circulate beyond a close group of friends, Colonna’s reputation as a literary figure was considerable by the time of her death in 1547.
Vittoria Colonna died at the convent of San Silvestro on February 25, 1547.