A page from the Zibaldone da Venice, a 14th-century hodgepodge. (Image: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) ONE DAY IN VENICE, SOMETIME near the end of the 14th century, a busy merchant found himself with a few spare moments. Maybe it was a slow day at the docks, or he arrived home too early for dinner. … More Zibaldone – A 14th Century Tumblr?
Ever hear of the Colonna family? Most living history enthusiasts interested in the Italian peninsula have heard of Vittoria Colonna a noblewoman and poet who was good friends with Michelangelo Buonarroti in the 1530s. Well, 600 years ago today (November 11, 1417) Oddone Colonna (or Oddo Colonna) was elected pope, ending the Great Schism. … More 1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy
My research on Africans in Europe has led me to understand that aside from those in slavery or servitude there were examples of African generals, Saints, Cardinals, nobility, conquistadors, condottieri/mercenaries, musicians, cooks, pastry chefs, housekeepers, pages, assistants in apothecaries, kitchens, gardens, and stables. In what is now Portugal, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and … More African Presence In Renaissance Europe
The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually, where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time. Gulf Wars XXVI of 2017 was … More Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars
Last year at Pennsic I got hooked on the idea of replacing our modern Coleman cooler with a wooden box in the style of an historical box from the 14th C. I chose this box from the Victoria and Albert Musuem as a reasonable size for our needs. Historically, this was a ‘grain ark’, that […] … More An historical cooler box — Silverforge Portfolio
“Agosto” è uno degli affreschi del Salone dei Mesi di Palazzo Schifanoia a Ferrara. È databile al 1468-1470 circa ed è attribuito a Cosmè Tura e al Maestro di Ercole. Durante la seconda metà del XV secolo la veste femminile aveva vita stretta che creava un’elegante gioco tra un corpetto stretto, che evidenzia le forme, […] … More Feminine dress of the 15th century: Ferrara
My request to attend Terra del Sole has been approved! I wanted to write about my preparation for this event and share all my research into the quattrocento with you. I am attempting to write in both English and Italian so I can share this with the group that is hosting me, La Sparvieri. Let … More Terra del Sole 1387AD – Preparation!
Tasca in cotone damascato con cintura e fibbia in metallo. La tasca è foderata in cotone, chiusa tramite laccetti in cotone terminanti con agugelli. Scrivere a firstname.lastname@example.org o https://www.facebook.com/vestioevo/ TASCA FIORI TASCA FOGLIE TASCA RICAMO TASCA GHIANDE TASCA PRIMAVERA TASCA TRECCIA TASCA AVIGNONE TASCA ROMBI TASCA AUTUNNO Le tasche con cintura e fibbia hanno un […] … More La tasca — Vestioevo
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
Did Starbucks know they were paying homage to a 7th-century Italian motif when they chose their logo? The first one below, on the left, is a melusina (melusine) or mermaid in the facade of San Michele, Pavia, Italy. The second one, on the right, is from the crest of the Colonna family. I’m taking some … More Italian Connection: Starbucks Logo