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
“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!
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
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
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 Süleyman I (the Magnificent). Although he failed to procure the manuscript, he did return from Constantinople, … More Pier Mattioli’s 16th Century Herbal
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
“Nor does our friend Marchetto Cara move us less by his singing, but with a gentler harmony; because he softens and penetrates our souls by placid means, full of plaintive sweetness, greatly stirring them to sweet emotion.” (Né men commove nel suo cantar il nostro Marchetto Cara, ma con più molle armonia; ché per una via … More Marchetto Cara – Cortigiano di Isabella d’Este
http://germanrenaissance.net/drawn-thead-work-the-hemstitch-tutorial/ By Genoveva von Lubeck Drawn thread work likely began in the 16th century and was popular in Italy, Germany, Sweden, and England. I discovered it while researching pleated aprons and I theorize that some German aprons utilized drawn thread techniques based on imagery. Drawn thread work can be seen in a simple form on … More Repost: 16th Century Drawn Thread Handkerchief