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

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