Hidden women of history: Caterina Cornaro, the last queen of Cyprus

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  • The life of Caterina Cornaro could easily be the plot of a novel or TV drama.

One of the most significant woman of Venice’s golden age, Cornaro (1454-1510) was an important figure in Renaissance politics, diplomacy and arts.

  • Craig Barker
  • The Conversation

She reigned as the queen of Cyprus for 16 years under immense pressure.

As a patron of the arts, she was painted by greats such as Dürer, Titian, Bellini and Giorgione.

Yet today she is relatively little known outside of Venice and Cyprus.

Caterina was the last monarch of the Kingdom of Cyprus between 1474 and 1489.

Her tragic reign saw the…

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