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לילי נאוה

Dear Omer, Harel and Alon,
Thanks again, profusely, to all three of you and Kishrei Tarbut for most uplifting, smooth, educational and enjoyable touring experience of the past 5 days of Venice.
It was a sheer pleasure meeting you all, being in your company and guided by you. Your personal passion, professional knowledge and superb customer service orientation are inspiring and remarkable.
David and I had a fantastic time left with a "taste for more" and again, I recommend you do see the beautiful film on Venice of the 16C - "Dangerous Beauty" about the life of Venice and Veronica Franco, History's Favorite Renaissance Poet Courtesans ... also a Portrait of her was painted 1575 by Tintoretto, https://www.google.co.il/search?q=Veronica+Franco+Portrait+by+Tintoretto,+ca.+1575&biw=965&bih=454&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6_dnpnezKAhUFJpoKHQMuDq4QsAQIGQ

And here is one of her poems, an attribute to VENICE

“We danced our youth in a dreamed of city,
Venice, paradise, proud and pretty,

We lived for love and lust and beauty,
Pleasure then our only duty.

Floating them twixt, heaven and Earth
And drank on plenties blessed mirth

We thought ourselves eternal then,
Our glory sealed by God’s own pen.

But paradise, we found is always frail,
Against man’s fear will always fail. ”

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And she was also an early Feminist who said:

“When we too are armed and trained, we can convince men that we have hands, feet, and a heart like yours; and although we may be delicate and soft, some men who are delicate are also strong; and others, coarse and harsh, are cowards. Women have not yet realized this, for if they should decide to do so, they would be able to fight you until death; and to prove that I speak the truth, amongst so many women, I will be the first to act, setting an example for them to follow.
—Veronica Franco 1546-1591”

In Venice, two different classes of courtesans co-exist: the cortigiana onesta, the intellectual courtesan, and the cortigiana di lume, lower-class prostitutes who tended to live and practise their trade near the Rialto Bridge.
Franco was the daughter of another cortigiana onesta,
She quickly rose through the ranks to consort with some of the leading notables of her day and even had a brief liaison with Henry III, King of France. Franco was listed as one of the foremost courtesans of Venice in Il Catalogo di tutte le principale et piu honorate cortigiane di Venezia.

A well-educated woman, Veronica Franco wrote two volumes of poetry: Terze rime in 1575 and Lettere familiari a diversi in 1580. She published books of letters and collected the works of other leading writers into anthologies. Successful in her two lines of work, Franco also founded a charity for courtesans and their children.

Franco's life was recorded in the 1992 book The Honest Courtesan, by author Margaret F. Rosenthal. Catherine McCormack portrayed Veronica Franco in the 1998 movie Dangerous Beauty

The movie I recommended is this one and one of my favorite.
Dangerous Beauty is a 1998 American biographical drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz and starring Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, and Oliver Platt. Based on the non-fiction book The Honest Courtesan by Margaret Rosenthal, the film is about Veronica Franco, a courtesan in sixteenth-century

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangerous_Beauty
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYu37jF0d3c

With warm regards
Lili Naveh

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