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

Palazzo Davanzati – An Ancient Florentine Home

From http://www.piccoligrandimusei.it/en/blog/portfolio_page/davanzati-museum/  A rare and magnificent example of a 14th-century residence in Florence, Palazzo Davanzati represents the transitional period between the medieval tower house and the Renaissance palace. The palace was built around the mid-14th century by the powerful Davizzi family of merchants and bankers, in Via Porta Rossa where resided such wealthy Florentine families as … More Palazzo Davanzati – An Ancient Florentine Home

Pier Mattioli’s 16th Century Herbal

Pier Andrea Mattioli from http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/aconite/mattioli.html Born in Siena, Pier Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577) was personal physician to Ferdinand I and a prolific commentator on De Materia Medica of Dioscorides, the codex of which Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq had attempted to acquire from the court of SĂĽleyman I (the Magnificent). Although he failed to procure the manuscript, he did return from Constantinople, … More Pier Mattioli’s 16th Century Herbal