Simonetta Vespucci, born Cattaneo, ( 1453-1476) It was one of the most beautiful and admired noblewomen of Renaissance Florence.
A native of Genoa almost certainly, the girl was married very young with Piero Vespucci Marco, relative of the famous navigator, and he moved to Florence.
At the time, the Tuscan city, thanks to the enlightened policy of Medici, He lived the period of its greatest splendor, and was considered the pulsating center from which emanated the best of European culture (you see https://www.pilloledistoria.it/10854/cinema-tv-spettacolo/i-medici-2-trama-e-cast).
The scant biographical information on the Simonetta learn not only from documents, but above all by the testimonies of artists who loved and admired to the point of making their Muse.
Sandro Botticelli He drew the young in two of his most successful works, the Spring and the Birth of Venus (both paintings are kept to Uffizi), the poet and man of letters Angelo Poliziano He immortalized in Rooms, Luigi Pulci e Lorenzo de Medici the romantic poems dedicated, while Giuliano de Medici, younger brother of the Magnificent, She competed for her in a tournament of knights, as is customary in the '400.
The beauty and grace of Simonetta kidnapped the soul of the greatest personalities of the Renaissance Florentine, for which it embodied the feminine ideal par excellence.
Neither the admiration was limited to only the aesthetic side, but it extended to those qualities of grace, delicacy of ways and inner virtues considered essential to the completeness of a woman worthy of respect and attention.
However this girl, while rich in quality and initially so lucky, He owes part of its fame, as well as the Art, to a unexpected and premature death, which contributed to the bar's legend: Simonetta surrendered to tisi (o alla over) just 23 years.
rest in Church of All Saints in Florence next to Sandro Botticelli, who in life he had expressed a wish to be buried at his feet (Photo gives: iltirreno.gelocal.it)