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Adultery, piety and visual splendor in 16th-century Italy

Associate Professor of Art History Maria Maurer studies the recognition and representation of mistresses as integral members of courtly society in early modern Italian life and art. Rather than shame and adultery, some of these women were publicly associated with piety and magnificence. In this experTU episode, Maurer offers Isabella Boschetti as an example of the positive reception adulterous lovers of noblemen sometimes received.

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