By her death-bed stood Michael Angelo, who was considerably her junior, but who enjoyed her friendship and regarded her with enthusiastic veneration. He wrote several sonnets in her praise. Veronica Gambara, Tullia d'Aragona, and Giulia Gonzaga may also be named as possessing superior genius to many literary men of their time.
"I have painted three generations of the family, I who speak to you, and I hope to paint the fourth if Don Orsino here can be cured of his cynicism and induced to marry Donna what is her name?" He turned to the young man. "She has none and she is likely to remain nameless," answered Orsino gloomily. "We will call her Donna Ignota," suggested Madame d'Aragona.
Madame d'Aragona wondered why he was so reticent, for she knew that he had himself married the daughter of a Roman prince, and she concluded that he must know much of the Romans. "Do you think he will bring the tiger?" she asked presently. "He is quite capable of bringing a whole menagerie of tigers for you to choose from." "How interesting. I like men who stop at nothing.
In the palace there were few kinsmen of her husband besides his younger brother Galeazzo, for the dynasty was not fruitful and was dying out. Even Camilla d'Aragona, Giovanni's stepmother, was not there, for she had left Pesaro for good in 1489, taking up her residence in a castle near Parma. In summer the beautiful landscape must have afforded the young princess much delight.
He took up an English society journal one evening and glanced idly over the paragraphs. Maria Consuelo's name arrested his attention. A certain very high and mighty old lady of royal lineage was about to travel in Egypt during the winter. "Her Royal Highness," said the paper, "will be accompanied by the Countess d'Aranjuez d'Aragona."
"I? Who has told you that legend? It is only a myth. When you are sixty years old, I shall still be five-and-twenty." "And I?" enquired Madame d'Aragona, who was still young enough to laugh at age. "As old as you were yesterday, not a day older." "Why not say to-day?" "Because to-day has a to-morrow yesterday has none." "You are delicious, my dear Gouache. Good-bye."
After the death of his wife, Alessandro Sforza married Sveva Montefeltre, a daughter of Guidantonio of Urbino. After a happy reign he died April 3, 1473, leaving his possessions to his son. A year later Costanzo Sforza married Camilla Marzana d'Aragona, a beautiful and spirituelle princess of the royal house of Naples. He himself was brilliant and liberal.
Prostitution in Rome The Influence of Christianity on Prostitution The Effort to Combat Prostitution The Mediæval Brothel The Appearance of the Courtesan Tullia D'Aragona Veronica Franco Ninon de Lenclos Later Attempts to Eradicate Prostitution The Regulation of Prostitution Its Futility Becoming Recognized.
The most distinguished figure in every respect among the courtesans of that time was certainly Tullia D'Aragona. Tullia has gained a high reputation by her verse. Her best sonnet is addressed to a youth of twenty, whom she passionately loved, but who did not return her love. Her Guerrino Meschino, a translation from the Spanish, is a very pure and chaste work.
Orsino watched her as she stood, her arms uplifted, in an attitude which is almost always graceful, even for an otherwise ungraceful woman. Madame d'Aragona was perhaps a little too short, but she was justly proportioned and appeared to be rather slight, though the tight-fitting sleeves of her frock betrayed a remarkably well turned arm.