Books By Giata: Translation of Gli Experimenti and Zibaldone

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CATERINA SFORZA’S GLI EXPERIMENTI: A TRANSLATION

During the Renaissance beauty products and herbal medicines were made in the workshops of monasteries, still rooms of homes large and small, or by alchemists in their storefronts. These arts were part of traditions handed down from Arab, Roman, Greek, and Turkish cultures. Every family had its own book of secrets (Libretti di Secreti, Tesori, Tesoretti) where they recorded successful iterations of their personal recipes for cosmetics, medicines, and household products such as dyes, candles, pesticides, etc. One example of this type of book is Caterina Sforza’s alchemical, medical experiment, and recipe collection titled “Gli Experimenti de la Ex.ma S.r Caterina da Furlj Matre de lo inllux.mo S.r Giouanni de Medici”, or “Gli Experimenti”. In this book Gigi Coulson has translated 24 of Caterina’s beauty recipes into modern English for the benefit of those wanting to try their hand at creating them in their own still rooms.

The 24 recipes cover bleaching your hair, removing hair, dying hair black, cleansing the skin, making rouge so the skin looks pink, tooth scrubs, mouth washes, and an elixir of life.

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The kindle ( Amazon Kindle ) and amazon prime ( Amazon Prime ) versions of Gli Experimenti are now available!


About the Author:

Gigi Coulson lives in New Orleans and, in her real life, is a biologist, sociologist, and ethnographer. She has a graduate degree in the sociology of natural resource management. Her 15-year career in environmental planning has given her a chance to effect changes in the way social impacts are assessed along with environmental impacts while NEPA is being followed. Aside from the fulfillment of her work life, Gigi loves to study history and volunteers with an international non-profit educational organization to reach others about life in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Her historical research is focused on the 14th and 15th centuries in norther Italy. Her main interests are women’s lives, sociocultural development, herbalism, fashion, and alchemy. She travels to Venice, Ferrara, and Bologna often to conduct research for her classes and publications.

Gigi Coulson lives in New Orleans and, in her real life, is a biologist, sociologist, and ethnographer. She has a graduate degree in the sociology of natural resource management. Her 15-year career in environmental planning has given her a chance to effect changes in the way social impacts are assessed along with environmental impacts while NEPA is being followed. Aside from the fulfillment of her work life, Gigi loves to study history and volunteers with an international non-profit educational organization to reach others about life in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Her historical research is focused on the 14th and 15th centuries in norther Italy. Her main interests are women’s lives, sociocultural development, herbalism, fashion, and alchemy. She travels to Venice, Ferrara, and Bologna often to conduct research for her classes and publications.

Laureata in la sociologia, la silvicoltura, e scienze ambientali, la mia grande passione è la rievocazione storica medievale e rinascimento. Il periodo di cui mi occupo è la seconda metà del XIV secolo e il cinquecento en Ferrara, Venezia, e Firenze. Mi interessano in particolare la cultura materiale, la storia della moda, soprattutto quella femminile, e la storia della alchimia. Amo sia il lavoro di ricerca su fonti iconografiche e documentarie sia cimentarmi in tentativi ricostruttivi, in particolare legati all’ambito erboristeria.

You can visit her blog at labelladonna.net

 

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ZIBALDONE DI GIATA ALBERTI

During the 15th century a type of book called a zibaldone became popular on the Italian peninsula. A zibaldone was a commonplace book written in the Italian vernacular containing handy information for the owner in a portable bound volume. Welcome to my book, the zibaldone of Giata Magdalena Alberti. Herein you will find information that I have found useful as I relive the Renaissance. The first chapter covers what a zibaldone would have contained and gives you reference material for extant zibaldoni. The next chapter covers the Spezeria (apothecary) and what it sold, how it was operated, and what records we have from historical apothecary shops in Renaissance Italy. The rest of the book details apothecary equipment, the herbs most commonly used and sold, some recipes for linen spray/ soaps/ beauty treatments, cosmetic recipes, and then information on games, pastimes, etiquette, and terms.

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The kindle ( Amazon Kindle ) and amazon prime ( Amazon Prime ) versions of the Zibaldone di Giata Alberti are now available!


About the Author:

Giata Magdalena Alberti is the living history persona of Gigi Coulson. Giata is a late-15th Century Florentine living in Venice. She passes her time spending her condottieri husbands’ money and entertaining the visitors of her father’s house in Venice by hosting weekly salons. Her ability to read, write and act as a liaison between the artists and their patron (her father) enables her to participate in social situations which most respectably married women would never be privy.

Her hobbies include purchasing fabrics and jewels, working on her herbal experiments, occasional hawking (on the Terra Firma), mediating contests of skill and chance, and traveling to Mantua, Milan, and Ferrara to visit her friends at Court.

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Gigi Coulson is a modern American who, in her real life, is a biologist, sociologist, and ethnographer.

Laureata in la sociologia, la silvicoltura, e scienze ambientali, la mia grande passione è la rievocazione storica medievale e rinascimento. Il periodo di cui mi occupo è la seconda metà del XIV secolo e il cinquecento en Ferrara, Venezia, e Firenze. Mi interessano in particolare la cultura materiale, la storia della moda, soprattutto quella femminile, e la storia della alchimia. Amo sia il lavoro di ricerca su fonti iconografiche e documentarie sia cimentarmi in tentativi ricostruttivi, in particolare legati all’ambito erboristeria.

You can visit her blog at https://labelladonna.net/

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