‘Cortigiana’ is a limited edition bronze sculpture by Michael James Talbot.

Inspired by the 16th century Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco, the enigmatic poet and intellectual, who studied music, art and dance. Veronica Franco  was famous in her own time and became one of the highest ranking courtesans, or cortigiana onesta.  She was said to embody sophistication, intellect and female independence, which contrasted with a powerful sexual influence that fascinated many powerful, wealthy men at court, and intimidated others.

Michael’s fascination with Venice, dance and powerful, influential females made Veronica Franco an obvious subject for one of his Classic Collection of sculptures.


Bronze with granite base – height approx 36″ (91cm)


Cortigiana is part of Michael Talbot’s, Classic Collection