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

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

Zibaldone by Gigi Coulson

  My book, Zibaldone, is now available at Create Space and Amazon Kindle. To purchase now please visit https://www.amazon.com for an electronic Kindle copy or https://www.createspace.com/6387178 for a softcover physical book. Book Info: 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 … More Zibaldone by Gigi Coulson

Platina on Italian Renaissance Househunting

The Italian writer Bartolomeo Sacchi, better known as Platina, composed On Right Pleasure and Good Health (De honesta voluptate et valetudine) in the 1460s, apparently for his friends.   It is mostly a cookbook, offering insights into healthy eating and other best practices for taking care of oneself. Early on his work he even provides … More Platina on Italian Renaissance Househunting

Caterina Sforza – The Alchemist

“THE ALCHEMIST’S DESIRE”: RECIPES FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY FROM CATERINA SFORZA 03/03/2015 By Meredith K. Ray  In this blog post, I’m presenting material from my forthcoming book Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015). The material in this post is drawn from Chapter One, “Caterina Sforza’s Experiments with Alchemy,” and Chapter Three, … More Caterina Sforza – The Alchemist

Libri di Secreti (Italian Books of Secrets)

‘Books of Secrets’ (Libri di Secreti or, more generically, ricettari) first flourished during the middle ages. They were technical, crafts-based ‘how-to-do it’ manuals, ‘secret’ because they were written in Latin and available only to the privileged few. With the advent of the printing press, vernacular editions started to appear—the first in Italian was the Opera … More Libri di Secreti (Italian Books of Secrets)

Wash Balls Recipe from Notandissimi Secreti de L’Arte Profumatoria

  TAKE A POUND OF WHITE [VENETIAN CASTILE] SOAP, THE OLDER THE BETTER. Cut very fine, put in a basin and splash with rosewater. Mix and incorporate well. Then set in the sun, steeped in the rosewater for two weeks, and mix every day. Ten days in the sun will suffice in July or August. … More Wash Balls Recipe from Notandissimi Secreti de L’Arte Profumatoria