Love in Renaissance Rome

This morning, as every year, I visited the traditional  Christmas books’ exhibition and I had the opportunity to attend a lecture about the star crossed love between Raffaello Sanzio, the famous painter and the beautiful Fornarina, made immortal by one of his paintings.

Who was that woman is not clear but many say she was Agostino Chigi‘s wife, the richest man of  Europe.

Agostino was not just a famous banker but even a famous  artists’ patron and a believer of astrology. He had painted for his villa alongside Tiber one of the most important and beautiful astrological ceiling of every age.

Some years ago this was the subject of one of most wonderful lectures at the Italian Astrological Association Congress, still now strange and  ill fated  events don’t allow the translation of  the complete text. At the moment what remains is the mysterious birth chart of Agostino, future is in God’s hands.

Agostino Chigis birthchart
Agostino Chigi's birthchart