Eighteenth & Nineteenth Centuries

Luisa Bergalli Gozzi
Luisa Bergalli Gozzi

Luisa collected writings by women authors and was also a playwright, translator, and theater manager.

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Giustina Renier Michiel
Giustina Renier Michiel

Giustina was a translator of Shakespeare and also ran a literary salon, which was held in a building in this courtyard.

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Giustiniana Wynne
Giustiniana Wynne

Famous for her love affairs, Giustiniana should be better known as a groundbreaking writer who developed the anthropological novel.

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Maria Boscola
Maria Boscola

Maria is still revered today as a competitor who won boat races numerous times.

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Elisabetta Caminer Turra
Elisabetta Caminer Turra

As a writer, translator, and journalist, Elisabetta promoted women’s rights in her book reviews and editorials.

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Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi
Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

Writer of literary portraits, Isabella ran a literary salon with well-known patrons while keeping Venetian culture alive.

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Giustina Renier Michiel
Giustina Renier Michiel

A salon hostess, Giustina translated Shakespeare into English and was beloved for writing about Venetian festivals.

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Marina Querini Benzon
Marina Querini Benzon

Marina is immortalized in a famous song about her but in her day was known to be rather sexually liberated and to be a sought-after salon hostess.

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Cencia Scarpariola
Cencia Scarpariola

Countess Andriana Marcello and Princess Maria Chigi-Giovanelli harnessed the talents of school teacher Anna d’Este and Cencia Scarpariola, the last woman who remembered the lace making stitches, to revive Burano’s lace industry. This postcard shows Cencia making lace.

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