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

Cosi, The Things and Symbols of the Italian Renaissance

I recently visited our nation’s capitol and had chance to attend a lecture on the symbolism of art in the Italian Renaissance. I have long understood the symbols used in literature and art, but hadn’t put pen to paper for my fellow reenactors to describe how artists decorated household items with symbols appropriate to their purpose … More Cosi, The Things and Symbols of the Italian Renaissance