We now have a Renaissance Village YouTube Channel! Please subscribe today and like our videos! Plus we have uploaded our first video, so please share this link: Renaissance Village YouTube Call for Content Transcript of video with instructions on how to submit your content to us: Buongiorno amici! I am Maestra Giata, founder of … More Call for Virtual Renaissance Village Content!
The spread of the Covid-19 virus has triggered an epidemic of advice. This advice is important, but it seems destined to make our lives more miserable and isolated. However, there is an unusual source of counsel which offers another way to deal with an epidemic. That source is the Decameron. The Italian Renaissance author Giovanni Boccaccio wrote the Decameron in … More Surviving the Corona Virus: Medieval Italian Style
At Gulf Wars XXIX on Wednesday I will be teaching a class on the toilette of my favorite person from the Renaissance, Caterina Sforza! Caterina Sforza (1463-1509), Countess of Imola, was an exceptional woman. In her private life Caterina was devoted to various activities, among which were experiments in alchemy and a love of hunting and dancing. Her stillroom book was … More Caterina Sforza Toilette Class 2020
So much planned for my fellow living history enthusiasts!! Our living google document schedule is here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PYlHs9f94j69KIY6rSHCPCGAHHiFPiLJN_FUEdSC2PE/edit?usp=sharing
The Tragic Anna Guarini (ca 1563 –1598) Italian Renaissance courts, glittering and dazzling though many were, could also often be dangerous places full of intrigue and gossip as this post on the murder of Anna Guarini, one of the most celebrated singers of late 16th-century Italy, illustrates. I first came across this story in a … More Anna Guarini
There were many cures for impotency in the pharmacopoeia of the Italian Peninsula during the Renaissance. All manner of elixirs and compounds could be made to restore or enhance the vigor of an aging or infirm nobleman or prince like Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga of Mantua. Using the Galenic theory of signatures, foods that resembled the … More The Puzzlement of Potency
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
In this portrait of Lucrezia Tornabuoni (c. 1475) she wears a forest green cioppa (overdress) with long dark blue sleeves, an simple edgeless linen coverciere (scarf/partlet) held in place by two gold pins, a high neckline camicia (chemise), a slice of her bright red gamurra (underdress) shows through the laces of her cioppa which are … More Lucrezia Tornabuoni Portrait
Totae Tabulae (Tavole Reale) Here is my research on a board (or tables) game from 1526 played on the Italian Peninsula. In the instructions written by Cardano* it is played with 15 pieces and 2 dice for each player. Game: Totae Tabulae /Tavole Reale Number of Players: 2 Materials Needed: Tables board (Tavola), 15 … More The (Italian) Mother of Backgammon
The Ca’ d’Oro Salone has found hostesses in An Tir! I, Maestra Giata Magdalena Alberti, have partnered with Maestra Raffaella di Contino and a team of #AnTirItalianPersonae to kick off the Salone season at June Fair. For those who haven’t been to a Salone before here is a brief introduction: The Ca’ d’Oro Salone in … More Ca’ d’Oro Salone in An Tir!