Impresa of Isabella d’Este

When Isabella d’Este first arrived in Mantua, she began having a set of rooms (camerini) built to showcase her books, artworks, and musical instruments, and to provide her with spaces for reflection, contemplation, and intimate music-making. Her first camerini were in the Castel San Giorgio in Mantua, adjacent to the Camera degli Sposi, which is decorated with frescoes … More Impresa of Isabella d’Este

Camilla Scarampa

Camilla Guidoboni Scarampa, or Scarampi, was an important literary figure of the 15th-century. She was held in great esteem by Matteo Bandello who dedicated his 13th Novelle to her. She is thought to have been born in Mantua or Milan of the family Scarampo Scarampi. (The blog photo in the header is not Camilla, but … More Camilla Scarampa

Renaissance Mealtime

Renaissance Meals People in the Italies during the Renaissance loved a good handbook; we have massive amounts of prescriptive literature about everything from how to raise a family (Leon Battista Alberti’s Della Famiglia), to how to be a good artist (Cennino Cennini’s Il Libro dell’Arte), to how not to be generally disgusting (Galateo by Giovanni … More Renaissance Mealtime

Winding Thread the Renaissance Way

How do you wind your thread around you replica bobbin? Comment below!! Reblog from Medieval Silkwork Blog at http://www.medievalsilkwork.com/2009/04/winding-up-part-ii.html ******************************************************************** I’ve made it a point to assemble a period sewing kit, which includes a few types of bobbin for thread. When taking the thread off of the paper bobbin they come with, I’ve found it a … More Winding Thread the Renaissance Way

Nec Spe Nec Metu: Isabella d’Este

Reblogged from https://aneardepthexperience.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/nec-spe-nec-metu-superman-caravaggio-and-hope/ Nec Spe Nec Metu: Superman, Caravaggio and Hope … The phrase ‘nec spe nec metu’ probably has its origins in Stoicism, meaning ‘neither hope nor fear’  or, more pedantically ‘without hope, without fear’  (perhaps from ancient medicine and Silesio; perhaps adapted from general Roman orations) – implying a kind of resigned equilibrium and forbearance. … More Nec Spe Nec Metu: Isabella d’Este

Coffee In Period Part 1

I’ve been thinking about developing a secondary persona, either Aksumite (Ethiopian area 1st-century), Abyssinian Kingdom (Ethiopian area 14th-century), or a North African living in Norman Sicily (12th-century). In doing preliminary research I’ve discovered that coffee *is* period. Ancestors of the Oromo ethnic group, inhabitants of modern-day Ethiopia, were the first to capture the energizing effect … More Coffee In Period Part 1