Laura Battiferri was a famous Italian
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poet during the Renaissance
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. She was the illegitimate daughter of Giovanni Battiferri, but was later legitimized.
Life and workIn 1550, her second husband was the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammanati
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She wrote over 400 poems, which were widely read during her lifetime both in Italy and abroad. Her works were translated into Spanish and she was popular at the Spanish court, which approved of her catholic beliefs
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. She was friends with the poet Torquato Tasso
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and with the painter and poet Bronzino, who also painted her portrait. With Laura Terracina
-Life:Terracina was born in Chiaia, a suburb of Naples. Her mother, Diana Anfora of Sorrento and father, Paolo Terracina, had at least one more daughter and two sons. She got encouragement from the famous poet Vittoria Colonna, who sent her a brief poem praising her talents...
, she exchanged poems in praise of the other.
In her latter years she became a supporter of the Jesuits
Society of Jesus
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and designated them her heirs.