Isotta Brembati - 1582

A rich, cultured and refined noblewoman, writer of poetry and lover of the arts, Isotta Brembati’s admirers included Giovan Battista Moroni, who depicted her in two well-known portraits and Torquato Tasso, who dedicated a sonnet to her. She also had two husbands as well as numerous daughters, who inherited their mother’s wealth, but not her worldly interests. In a testament dated 1582, Isotta bequeathed […]55 imperial lira each year from the income on my assets to Sor Isabella and Sor Lelia, my daughters who are nuns at the monastery of Santa Marta. In the event of another of my daughters taking vows, it is my wish that she receive the same endowment I have bequeathed to the first two.