The Little Sister: Beatrice d'Este Essay

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The Renaissance time period that lasted from the 14th century through the 16th century in Italy was known as an age of cultural rebirth and gave way to the introduction to humanist thinking while Medieval Europe transformed to Early Modern Europe. Humanism beliefs were the values that emphasized the agency of a human and stressed rationalism over faith. Humanists of the Renaissance tended to have great power in society and were highly scrutinized for being too ambiguous in their beliefs by later historians. One of whom, Joan Kelly, hypothesized that women were not given fair opportunities to grow intellectually while men experienced revival and did not prosper. The famed life of renaissance woman, Beatrice d’Este disproves Kelly’s …show more content…
The couple was very fond of the arts, and with their inherited wealth, they were able to continue their dynasty’s patronage of the arts as well as raise six children, including Isabella, Beatrice, and Alfonso d’Este. Beatrice d’Este’s family tree gave way to many advantages that promoted her within society and gave her the means to become the influential woman that she was later in her life. However, because she was the second girl of Ercole I, Beatrice d’Este’s birth was not celebrated as her older sister’s was because the noble family hoped that a boy would be born to carry the family name. A year later, a boy was born and Beatrice was left to endure “middle child syndrome” without the affection or attention of her parents. Second daughters in that time period were frankly unneeded so her parents shipped her off to live with her grandfather, King Ferrante of Naples. Her six-year experience with her doting grandfather made for a happy homecoming when Ferrante could no longer be with Beatrice because of a war that had broken out. Upon her return, Beatrice became acquainted with her siblings, who were already well-versed musicians, as they showed her around the castle and garden. In addition to learning instruments, the children reached the age that they would begin their schooling, and there was no room for hesitation due to their anticipated

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