Osanna

I found an extant gamurra for a pious working class woman in Mantova circa 1496! Apparel of: Osanna Andreasi Date Created: 1496 Here is the information on Osanna and her dress from Google Art & Culture: This garment, that the tradition associates to the person of the Blessed Osanna, was a long dress, tight in the upper part … More Osanna

Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

Originally posted on seductivevenice:
Does your bookclub need some ideas for your next reading endeavor? Consider A Beautiful Woman in Venice, my collection of biographies about Venetian women. Dip into 28 chapters on over 35 Venetian women spanning six centuries. From poets Veronica Franco and Gaspara Stampa, to orators like Cassandra Fedele, regatta winner Maria…

Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVIII 2019

The Ca’ d’Oro Italian Salon and Renaissance Village department hosts an immersive A&S experience and is located on Laurel Lane across from the Theatre. Ca’ d’Oro offers a variety of classes and demos focused on post 13th-century life. In addition to offering over 50 classes, we host a period Apothecary, dedicated period cooking area, Interkingdom … More Ca’ d’Oro Salon at Gulf Wars XXVIII 2019

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

Cosmetics and Hygiene Information from De Ornatu Mulierum – Cosmetici e Igiene da Trotula di Salerno

Queste sono cose che le donne e gli uomini del trecento usavanno quotadianamente per igiene e cosmetici. Prima, per pulire il viso, utilizzare questo. – Crema Galeni (2 ° / 12 c) – olio d’oliva, cera d’Api, acqua di rose, aceto bianco infuso con rose. (Da Hildegard Bingen et al). Poi per sbiancare il volto, … More Cosmetics and Hygiene Information from De Ornatu Mulierum – Cosmetici e Igiene da Trotula di Salerno

Veronica Gambara

Veronica Gambara’s (1485-1550) family boasted a number of distinguished intellectuals, including her grandmother and great-aunt, Ginevra and Isotta Nogarola. Educated in literature, philosophy, and languages at an early age, Veronica became a poet early in life. She married her cousin, Giberto X, Countof Coreggio, in 1509.       They were apparently well suited. Giberto felt … More Veronica Gambara