Channeling Botticelli


Simonetta Cattaneo de Candia Vespucci  (1453 – 26 April 1476)

The face of the Italian Renaissance


La bella Simonetta

looking to the distant

not at me

at the London National Gallery.


Born in that stern Ligurian region

up above the seacoast

where mighty Neptune beats against the rocks

there like Venus, born among the waves.


A noble beauty wanted by all

Giuliano di Medici carried his banner

at la giostra adorned with her likeness;

Helmeted Pallas Athena “La Sans Pareille”.


Loved from afar by a poor Sandro

who painted her banner and her face

a portrait of a woman

at the workshop.


And there I stared as did all others

enchanted by her beauty,

around her neck the crest of Nero

her hair in curls draped over her perfection


imagining besotted Sandro’s brush

caressing a surface; painting one he loved

but could not have

wondering if he ever dreamed


I would see her face in London

in Berlin and I would

think of him, recalling perhaps

his anguish and his sorrow


for she would pass at twenty two

and he would live for many years

requesting only to be buried

where he now lays

at the feet of his Venus.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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