Castle of Saint or Sinner?
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The remains of this imposing castle stands in the Italian village of Nepi, which is a short drive from where Fred and I lived in Monterosi. During the 15th century Pope Alessandro VI, head of the Borgia family, gave this fortress to his illegitimate and infamous daughter Lucrezia Borgia, known as the "Black Widow". Historians continue to debate whether or not she deserved that label. No doubt she came from a ruthless family where murder and corruption were the norm, but her reputation as the most evil woman to have ever lived could very well be undeserved propaganda. During her third marriage she was in fact a strong patron of the arts, as well as a devoted wife and mother.
I tried to give this image the mystery and sadness I felt exists within these crumbling walls.
Don, thanks so much for the spotlight:)
In the Then and Now photo essay.
Also by Deborah Downes
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