Sonetti Lussuriosi di Pietro Aretino

See full post at https://italianrenaissancesalon.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/sonetti-lussuriosi-di-pietro-aretino/

Excerpts from a lovely book on Florence and the Sonnets of Pietro Aretino:

“This was Mama’s city, her spiritual home, the place where it all began: Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo, the Medici…, the cradle of the Renaissance, the discovery of the world and of man.”

“I I were to describe and ideal day, it would be this: up early and out for fresh bread and fruit, drink caffelatte with Sandro, boiled egg for me, say good-bye to Sandro; work on the Aretino until noon (wash and clean every page, mend every tear, pare down leather), salami and cheese and pane toscano for lunch, with maybe a small glass of Chianti; lie down on my back for an hour and relax until my mind becomes perfectly calm, like the smooth surface of a pond, so that it can reflect divine radiance; resume work; take a long walk with no destination in mind; sit on an orange crate by window and watch piazza until Sandro comes home; mess around, go out to dinner, talk about the day’s work, come home… read, sleep.”

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“According to art historian Giorgio Vasari, Giulio Romano, Raphael’s greatest pupil employed Marcantonio Raimondi to make a series of engravings of sixteen erotic drawings, sometimes known as the Sixteen Pleasures, and Pietro Aretino made matters worse by writing a sequence of indecent sonnets to accompany the engravings… the engravings were mentioned in Ariosto’s Supposti (1526) but were originally published in 1523.”

16thC Recipe book, handwriting and UPenn Library

Fleur-de-Gigi:

Recipe no. 26, To make muske sope!

Originally posted on More than commonplace:

I’m trying to decide what I like better about online commonplace books, the snapshot of daily life centuries ago, the new info you find from reading the commentary of what that person found most important to remember, or just looking at the art of the bound book, the handwriting and the structure of the work itself.

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Historical Italian Feast Recipes

Imagine feasting in this pavilion…

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On authentic Italian Renaissance dishes such as pork sausages cooked in wine, Rose & lavender drinks, tagliatelle pasta, fried spinach, and lamb meatballs. Would you like to make these at home? Find the recipes at the link below:

https://italianrenaissancesalon.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/italian-lunch-feast-recipes/

 

Then join us on Artisan’s Row at Gulf Wars for this period lunch feast:

Primo servito di Credenza – First service from the side board

Insalate di cetriolo – cucumber salad

Salciccione cott’in vino – pork sausage poached in wine

Duck breast prosciutto

Bread and butter

Primo et ultimo servito di cucina – First and last service from the kitchen

Lasagne Romani – flat pasta cooked in broth and combined

with grated cheese

Mixed meatballs in Roman style

Fried spinach, dressed with rose scented vinegar, currants and

sugar

Secondo et ultimo servito di Credenza – Second and last service from the sideboard

Biscotti

Fresh fruit

All served with a beverage of rose, lavender, and honey

Italian Lunch Feast Menu & Gulf Wars XXIV Schedule

Menu for our period lunch feast next Friday at Gulf Wars (click here to donate and reserve your space!):

Primo servito di Credenza – First service from the side board

Insalate di cetriolo – cucumber salad

Salciccione cott’in vino – pork sausage poached in wine

Duck breast prosciutto

Bread and butter

Primo et ultimo servito di cucina – First and last service from the kitchen

Lasagne Romani – flat pasta cooked in broth and combined

with grated cheese

Mixed meatballs in Roman style

Fried spinach, dressed with rose scented vinegar, currants and

sugar

Secondo et ultimo servito di Credenza – Second and last service from the sideboard

Biscotti

Fresh fruit

All served with a beverage of rose, lavender, and honey

Class schedule as of 10 March 2015:

2015-03-10 Classes at Ca d Oro Salone

See https://italianrenaissancesalon.wordpress.com/ for more information

DIY Perfume Oil (Roses, Lavender, and Jasmine, Oh My!)

Fleur-de-Gigi:

A recipe from my mundane blog on easy perfume oils :)

Originally posted on Fleurty Naturelle's Blog:

Perfume oils are one of the oldest beauty products known to woman.

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 According to Levey, the world’s first recorded chemist is considered to be a woman named Tapputi, a perfume maker who was mentioned in a cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus with other aromatics then filtered and put them back in the still several times. The Persian chemist Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) introduced the process of extracting oils from flowers by means of distillation, the procedure most commonly used today. He first experimented with the rose. Until his discovery, liquid perfumes were mixtures of oil and crushed herbs or petals, which made a strong blend. Rose water was more delicate, and immediately became popular. The art of perfumery was known in western Europe ever since 1221, evidenced by monks’ recipes of Santa Maria delle Vigne or Santa Maria Novella of…

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Candlemas Heraldic & Historical Apothecary Class Materials

Ciao ragazzi!

I am teaching two classes this weekend. The first is on the toilette of Caterina Sforza …

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… and the second is on historical heraldic achievements and how we can display them in the SCA.

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Click on the links above to view the PDF of the class handout.