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Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna

Sometime around 1538, at about the age of 60, Michelangelo was introduced to Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa di Pescara, about age 45.  Vittoria was the widow of the imperial general Ferrante Francesco d’Avalos, a descendant of one of the oldest families of Italy and a member of the Viterbo Circle, a religious group that wanted the church to base theology of salvation on grace rather than works.  His friendship with Vittoria gained Michelangelo admittance into her social circles and introduced him to issues dealing with church reform. Michelangelo and Vittoria shared a loving platonic relationship until her death in 1547.  She was one of Michelangelo’s closest friends, and only female companion.  …..

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