1487. 16. AugustBozzolo
Most illustrious and excellent nephew and most honored lord, By way of Antico I send to Your Excellency a belt as a present, praying that you will forgive me if up to now I have been late in sending this. I pray that Your Excellency will give credit to what said Antico will explain on my behalf, as if I were to tell you about this matter in person. And I continue to recommend myself to your good grace. Dated Bozzolo, August 16, 1487.
Antonia del Balzo
Marchesa of Mantua and Countess of Ròdigo etc.
Authorization to reproduce number 37-2011.
Antonia del Balzo (c. 1460–1538)
was the wife of Gianfrancesco Gonzaga. The daughter of a Neapolitan prince, she married Gianfrancesco in 1479, soon after he came into his inheritance. The first documentary reference for Antico is a 1487 letter from Antonia to the Marchese Francesco Gonzaga. After Gianfrancesco’s death Antonia moved to the newly built Gonzaga castle in Gazzuolo near Bozzolo, as did Antico.
Antonia del Balzo, c. 1487, bronze, Widener Collection