Duke Alessandro, Black Medici, & Africans In Italian Renaissance Art

Alessandro de’ Medici wielded great power as the first duke of Florence. He was the patron of some of the leading artists of the era and is one of the two Medici princes whose remains are buried in the famous tomb by Michaelangelo. The ethnic make up of this Medici Prince makes him the first … More Duke Alessandro, Black Medici, & Africans In Italian Renaissance Art

Imprese, The Italian Renaissance Heraldic Badge

An impresa (plural imprese) is a variant of the badge which became particularly popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. The one below is the impresa of Piero dei Medici. This next one is the sole raggiante, or ragged sun, of the Sforza. You can also see and read more on Sforza imprese here: http://www.storiadimilano.it/arte/imprese/Imprese05.htmMore Imprese, The Italian Renaissance Heraldic Badge

Aromatario del Giglio – 15th Century Rossetto (Rouge)

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Bassetta – A Renaissance Italian Card Game

Bassetta, as researched by Giata Magdalena Alberti Introduction Bassetta, according to Giovanni Florio’s Worlde of Wordes is a card game in Renaissance Italy. Game historians list Bassetta, known as Basset in English and Bassette in French, as the most notorious multi-player gambling pastime of Europe from the 15th to 18th Centuries. It is considered a … More Bassetta – A Renaissance Italian Card Game

Laura Cereta

 LAURA CERETA (1469-1499) Unlike most female humanists of her time, Laura Cereta’s early education came not from her father or some distinguished male tutor, but from women. Born into an upper middle class family, the daughter of Brescian attorney and magistrate Silvestro Cereta, at the age of seven Laura was sent away to a convent for … More Laura Cereta

Quattrocento Fabrics

What types of fabrics were worn in Italian City-States during the quattrocento? Where were they made?     Cotone is Cotton Cotton was imported into Italy from Greece and Egypt as early as the docento. Sicily was also “a major exporter of unprocessed cotton and an importer of finished cloth.” The fabric was worn by … More Quattrocento Fabrics