In 1570, she began to associate with Domenico Venier – Marco Venier’s uncle – who ran a prominent literary salon. Domenico had once been a senator, so he was an extremely powerful friend. And it was through him that she met other influential figures, like Tinoretto. He painted a picture of Veronica Franco, which you can see, here:
Veronica and he had an excellent rapport; she wrote, thanking him for the portrait and saying, “You concentrate entirely on methods of imitating – no, rather of outdoing – nature, not only in what can be imitated by modeling the human figure, nude or clothed, adding color, shading contour, features, muscles movements, actions, postures. . . but by expressing emotional states as well.”
And then there was the philosopher Montaigne. He found her to be a charming conversationalist and very well read. Veronica soon began to compile a collection of verses herself.