1417 Election of Oddone Colonna as Pope Martin V – 600 Years Ago In Italy

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

Feminine dress of the 15th century: Ferrara

“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

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

Art of Isabella d’Este 

From https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/place_settings/isabella_d_este Isabella d’Este (Gonzaga) was a powerful and well-educated political figure, humanitarian, patron of the arts, and mother of seven. Known as “The First Lady of the Renaissance,” she was related to nearly every ruler in Italy either by birth or marriage. D’Este was the oldest of six children born into the ruling family … More Art of Isabella d’Este 

Punto Antico – Drawn Thread Work

Various Sources for Renaissance Italian embroidery/ drawn thread work… I. Punto Antico From http://www.florin.ms/puntoantico.html Drawn-thread work has its origins in the distant past: it is carried out by counting threads and fashioning an infinity of stitches drawn from these basic ones: Square Stitch, right angled or oblique (which surrounds the meshwork and subdivides the work … More Punto Antico – Drawn Thread Work

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

Laura Cereta: Against Women Who Disparage Learned Women

Laura Cereta  (1469-1499)was a writer, a humanist, and a feminist literary figure during the Italian Renaissance. She was born into an upper-middle-class family in Brescia. Her father was an attorney and magistrate and her mother’s family descended from nobility. Most of what we know of Laura comes from the image she crafter for herself in … More Laura Cereta: Against Women Who Disparage Learned Women

Isabella d’Este

Isabella d’Este: A Renaissance Woman by Lorenzo Bonoldi (Author), Clark Anthony Lawrence (Translator) “Isabella d’Este (Ferrara 1474 – Mantua 1539) was already defined in her lifetime as “The first lady of the world”, and remains today one of the most brilliant characters of the Italian Renaissance. The first-born daughter of Duke Ercole of Ferrara and Eleonora of Aragon, at … More Isabella d’Este

Italian Letter Writing & Laura Cereta

Over the years I’ve gathered examples of letters written in period. Perhaps you will find this information helpful when composing a letter of recommendation, commendation, or other correspondence (especially in persona). Let’s start with a solid resource. In Principles of Letter Writing or Rationes Dictandi (Ars dictandi) translated by James Murphy it states: “There are, … More Italian Letter Writing & Laura Cereta