About the artist: Franca Donato is the sixth daughter of an aging architect from Mantua. In his haste to be rid of his last unwed and troublesome daughter (and make room for his mistress), he agrees to marry her off to a wealthy Venetian merchant. The merchant envisions a wedding at sea mainly to avoid the plague. The wedding party and guests set sail and are besieged by a storm. The ship of wedding guests manages to return to Venice; but the merchant is lost at sea. Franca is stranded on the shores of Trimaris by the captain who turns to privateering after the death of his employer. She turns to words, the needle, and scribal arts to make her way in the world.
Protege' to Mistress Katherine Angelique d'Artois du Berry.
Specialty: Personal affinity for late period Italian styles including white-vine interlacing for illumination and uncial, bastarde, and italic calligraphy scripts.
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