Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art and Art History

Department Chair or Program Director

McMillan, Jon

First Advisor

Och, Marjorie

Major or Concentration

Art History


Throughout her life, Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), the daughter of Pope Alexander VI, appropriated the imagery of holy women and other moral exemplars in her portraiture. This appropriation of imagery evolved as Lucrezia herself matured; the representations shift from those where Lucrezia disguises herself as a morally exemplary woman such as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, to those where she presents herself, in her role as Duchess of Ferrara, as a morally exemplary holy woman in her own right.