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

Roman Clothing

So now that temperatures mimicking the seventh level of Hades are approaching I thought it might be a grand time to talk about Roman clothing. Done correctly, it is still several layers of foolishness… but if those layers are lightweight linen you’ll fare better in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity. #avoidheatstrokeifyoucan For my basic … More Roman Clothing

Elizabethan Rouge vs. Medicean Rossetto Part 1

Elizabethan make-up is similar to the style of make-up used in Italy a century earlier. “Her face make-up of white powder, rouge and lip dye glazed with egg white had set the fashion for other Elizabethan women. She also plucked her eyebrows and forehead to reveal a greater expanse of white skin, a medieval habit … More Elizabethan Rouge vs. Medicean Rossetto Part 1

Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

Ciao! This is my first post about the Aromatario del Giglio (Apothecary of the Lily), an extension of the La Bella Donna living history blog. I am Gigi, an herbalist and living history participant who (as you know) loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval … More Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

Printed Matter During the Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Printing… has fascinated me lately. I began researching the subject in preparation for launching my 16th century apothecary. I wanted to make sure that the printed material for the shop resembled period pamphlets and was inspired by Katherine Kerr’s Hermitage website where she lists her projects down in Lochac. Here is what I have … More Printed Matter During the Italian Renaissance