Translation of the Filosofia Cortesana Game Board

This is a game similar to gioco dell’oca [Game of the Goose] with 63 numbered cells, counter-clockwise, centripetal. The “oca” [goose] cells are substituted with “travaglio” [work] cells (that do not retain the classical placement of the game of the goose) at numbers 4, 12, 17, 23, 30, 34, 41, 48 and 57. Game of … More Translation of the Filosofia Cortesana Game Board

Gioco dell’Ocha ~ Italian Game of the Goose

(as researched by Giata Alberti aka FleurtyHerald) This is a “path” game from the Italian Renaissance, invented by the Florentines and given as a gift to the Court of Naples from the Medici. Akin to the modern game titled “Life”, players use pieces to move along the path according to rolls of the die or instructions … More Gioco dell’Ocha ~ Italian Game of the Goose

Life Imitates Myth for the Renaissance Courtesan

  Introduction During the Italian Renaissance, mythology and art contributed to the increasing popularity of the cortigiana, or courtesan. The Cinquecento, or 1500s, in Italy coincided with the rise of a very unique category of elite prostitute called “honest” or “honored” (onesta or onorata) courtesan in recognition of their elevated social position and special talents. The … More Life Imitates Myth for the Renaissance Courtesan