Amaretto from 1525

Is this the face of the woman who introduced Amaretto to the world? According to legend, In 1525, Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils, was commissioned to paint the sanctuary of a church in Saronno, Italy and needed a model to portray the Madonna, the patron saint of the church. He eventually happened … More Amaretto from 1525

Nunc est bibendum

In honor of the cherry Visinata/ Vishniak I’m making for Gulf Wars…a few historical drink recipes! Nunc est bibendum… (now is the time for drinking) “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”), sometimes known as the “Cleopatra Ode”, is one of the most famous of the odes of the Roman lyric poet Horace, … More Nunc est bibendum

Marsilio Ficino and William of Ockham

Ancient wisdom states, …there is no new thing under the sun. – Ecclesiates 1:9 (New World Translation) Did Renaissance philosophers invent philosophy? Of course not. Marsilio Ficino was a Florentine philosopher, translator, and commentator, largely responsible for the revival of Plato and Platonism in the Renaissance. He has been widely recognized by historians of philosophy for … More Marsilio Ficino and William of Ockham

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