Browsing All Posts filed under »Italy«

Johann Rosenmüller

November 26, 2010

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Arrested for sodomy in Germany, composer Johann Rosenmüller escaped and ended up in Venice, where his music in the Italian style made its way back to Germany and greatly influenced other composers.

Marsilio Ficino

November 6, 2010

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Hugely influential in bringing Platonic ideas back into fashion, 15th century philosopher Marsilio Ficino also brought back the idea of "Platonic" love. He lived for many years with poet Giovanni Cavalcanti, to whom he wrote passionate love letters.

Benedetta Carlini

October 28, 2010

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The Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God in Pescia in 17th century Italy, Sister Benedetta Carlini's sexual affair with Sister Bartolemea ended in 35 years of solitary confinement.

Francesco Algarotti

October 17, 2010

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Francesco Algarotti, sometime lover of Lord Hervey and Frederick the Great, was a key figure in spreading art, music and architecture criticism throughout 18th century Europe.

Lina Poletti

October 13, 2010

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Lina Poletti was one of several women whom the great actress Eleanora Duse was involved with. Poletti was also Italy's first avowed and open lesbian.

Benvenuto Cellini

September 30, 2010

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16th century goldsmith and wild man Benvenuto Cellini claimed to have murdered a man he was in love with when he caught the guy bonking Cellini's own wife.

The Last Medici

September 26, 2010

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Gian Gastone, the last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany, spent his days in bed with a flock of handsome naked men and boys of the street. The line ended with him, surprisingly.