Lucrezia Donati

Lucrezia Donati (Florence, Italy; 1447-ibidem, 1501) was an Italian noble who lived in the 15th century, mistress of Lorenzo de' Medici.[1]

Lucrezia Donati
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Detail of the head of the painting Fortitude, by Sandro Botticelli. It is hypothesized that the painting was inspired by Lucrezia.
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Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy
Spouse(s)Niccolò Ardighelli
FatherManno Donati
MotherCaterina Bardi

The identity of the woman in the sculpture Dama col mazzolino, at Bargello Museum in Florence could be attributed to Lucrezia Donati.[2][3][4][5][6] Also Sandro Botticelli's painting Fortitude would be another representation of her.[7][8]


Lucrezia was the daughter of Manno Donati and Caterina Bardi, a Florentine dame[9] who belonged to an extinct family tree, being the last descendant. From 1461 was the mistress of Lorenzo il Magnifico,[9] a platonic love,[10] until Lorenzo later married the Italian noble Clarice Orsini.[11] In 1486 Lorenzo remembered the poems he had written for her when he was 16 in the poem Corinto.

Lucrezia married the Florentian businessman Niccolò Ardighelli, who died in exile in 1496.[9]

Popular cultureEdit

The actress Laura Haddock starred as Lucrezia Donati in the television series Da Vinci's Demons.[12][13] Alessandra Mastronardi played Lucrezia in Medici: The Magnificent.[14]


  1. ^ "Donati, Lucrezia". Treccani (in Italian). March 15, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Fossi, Gloria; Bussagli, Marco (2004). "L'" arte italiana: pittura, scultura, architettura dalle origini a oggi (in Italian). Giunti Editore. p. 208. ISBN 9788809037250.
  3. ^ Touring Club Italiano (1999). Italy: A Complete Guide to 1,000 Towns and Cities and Their Landmarks, with 80 Regional Tours. Touring Editore. p. 194. ISBN 9788836515226.
  4. ^ Nifosì, Giuseppe (2014). L'arte svelata. Rinascimento Barocco Rococò (in Italian). 2. Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa. p. 197. ISBN 9788842113256.
  5. ^ Nifosì 2016, p. 46.
  6. ^ Nifosì 2016, p. 9-10.
  7. ^ McGowan, Kathleen (July 8, 2010). The Poet Prince. Simon and Schuster. p. 280. ISBN 9780857200167.
  8. ^ Soares, Átila (June 25, 2014). "Teria Sido Uma Quase Noviça, amante de Leonardo da Vinci?". Fanfulla (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Walter, Ingeborg (2005). Lorenzo il Magnifico e il suo tempo (in Italian). Donzelli Editore. p. 66. ISBN 978-88-7989-921-5.
  10. ^ Rohde, Jorge Max (1952). Lorenzo el Magnífico (in Spanish). Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. p. 130.
  11. ^ Vannucci 1999.
  12. ^ "Da Vinci's Demons. Cast". Starz. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 27, 2012). "Starz's Da Vinci's Demons Casts British Actress as its Leading Lady". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Clarke, Stewart (August 10, 2017). "Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix's 'Medici' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2017.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Lucrezia Donati at Wikimedia Commons