The Giornea

Found this article on the giornea! Use Google translate to read 🙂   Luglio è uno degli affreschi del Salone dei Mesi di Palazzo Schifanoia a Ferrara. È databile tra il 1468 e il 1470 ed è attribuito ad anonimi collaboratori di Cosumè Tura. Sopra al farsetto si poteva indossare la “zornea”. La giornea era … More The Giornea

The metal button issue

There are several finds of metal buttons from the 14th century, but no surviving garment  with metal buttons, from this period. At least none that I know of. I have often considered the best way to sew these buttons on to a garment. They have really long “necks”. Why? Are they sewn directly onto the…

Books By Giata: Translation of Gli Experimenti and Zibaldone

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 … More Books By Giata: Translation of Gli Experimenti and Zibaldone

Battista Sforza: Countess of Urbino: An Illustrious Woman Part 2

Originally posted on Renaissance Mothers:
As part two of the post on Battista Sforza, the reverse of Piero della Francesca’s striking Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza will be discussed. Don’t forget to check out part one! Dedicated to Lady, my faithful companion for the last 11 years. The reverse of the diptych…

nunc est bibendum…

Originally posted on Shakespeare's World:
Citizen-humanist (& one of our fabulous volunteers) @Greensleeves made a delicious sounding cherry brandy earlier this year using a recipe from Shakespeare’s World. It involved steeping cherries in brandy for months, with sugar, cinnamon & cloves. If you fancy trying out some of our ‘drinks’ recipes too, here are a selection taken from…

Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition

Raucous Royal Reblog: Raucous Royal of the Month, Caterina Sforza: Daughter of Perdition  From http://blog.raucousroyals.com/2010/05/raucous-royal-of-month-caterina-sforza.html “…more is always said then the real truth” – Caterina Sforza On August 1483, the 21 year old Caterina Sforza rode up to the Castel Sant’ Angelo as shouts of “Duca! Duca!” cut through the stifling heat. Clad in a green satin … More Caterina Sforza – Daughter of Perdition