Book discussion questions: A Beautiful Woman in Venice

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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

Barbara Bentivoglio Strozzi Torelli

Barbara Torelli, lived from 1475-1533. Madonna Barbara was the daughter of the Count of Montechiarugolo and a member of a noble family of Emilia. She married “un capitano di ventura”  Ercole Bentivoglio in 1491 and went on to attend the refined Renaissance courts of Mantua and Ferrara, where she met, among others, Isabella d’Este, Lucrezia Borgia, and … More Barbara Bentivoglio Strozzi Torelli

Women of Etruria

Written by Mark Cartwright on https://www.ancient.eu/article/1016/etruscan-society/ AND Max Dashu http://www.academia.edu/9831739/Etruscan_Women_and_Social_Structure While paintings in tombs depict the elite’s pleasures and pastimes, they also reveal an attitude to women which is quite different from, for example, contemporary Greek culture. Although the Etruscan drinking parties, and even the after-dinner games, are taken from Greek habits, the presence of respectable … More Women of Etruria