Seventeenth Century

Arcangela Tarabotti
Arcangela Tarabotti

Forced into a cloister, Arcangela wrote angry tracts against this practice. This is the cloister of Sant'Anna where she lived.

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Cecilia Ferrazzi
Cecilia Ferrazzi

Cecilia ran a house that took in orphan girls, though she was also arrested for pretending to be a holy woman. This is the Church of San Lio where she was baptized.

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Barbara Strozzi
Barbara Strozzi

First praised for her singing at the gatherings at her house, Barbara became a very prolific composer.

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Giovanna of Corte Nova
Giovanna of Corte Nova

Giovanna made a painting of saints that protected her neighbors from the bubonic plague. This plaque at the entrance to the courtyard commemorates the miracles there.

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Antonia Bembo
Antonia Bembo

A singing prodigy, Antonia later wrote chamber music and an opera after fleeing Venice for Paris to escape her husband.

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Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Elena was the first women in the world to earn a university degree through her intelligence and dedicated scholarship.

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Rosalba Carriera
Rosalba Carriera

A painter and pastellist, Rosalba helped to shape the Roccoco movement. In this self-portrait, she holds a portrait of her sister.

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Anna Maria dal Violin
Anna Maria dal Violin

Though an orphan at the Pieta, Anna Maria became a violin virtuoso and teacher and had numerous works written for her by her teacher Antonio Vivaldi. This shows the back of the Ospedale della Pieta where she played.

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