Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-04-01 10:55
Vatican City has announced that the venerable Shroud of Turin has been turned pink when it was accidentally washed with a red shirt. "Simply because the shroud has been given a slight pinkish tint does not in any way diminish its sanctity," Vatican spokesman Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo said during a press conference held to address the spiritual repercussions of the shroud's staining.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-03-23 09:02
Plans to exhume the body of Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei in order to test his DNA and establish the cause of his blindness have caused problems with the Catholic Church. The Rector of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Florence, where Galileo is buried, is opposed to the exhumation.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-03-07 08:21
Experts are speculating on whether the illustrations in a newly-discovered manuscript on chess were drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. De ludo scacchorum was discovered last year in a private collection.
Submitted by lorenzo_petrucci on Wed, 2008-02-27 10:13
The Renaissance Dance Database is a tool for accessing the various dance resources available on the web. It enables searching by style, creator, primary source, or number of dancers. Suggestions of new links and resources are always welcome.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-02-19 19:56
Renaissance Footnotes will hold a weekend-long, Italian Renaissance dance workshop November 29-30, 2008 at Hurst Village Hall near Reading, England.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-02-17 09:51
On Tuesday April 1, 2008 from 6:00-7:00 pm, the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Ontario will present Forbidden Shoes: Fear and Footwear in Renaissance Italy, a lecture by Professor Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli of the University of Bologna, Italy.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2008-01-26 14:56
The contemporary celebration marks 550 years since the celebrated Hungarian King Matthias brought Italian Renaissance thinkers and artists to Hungary and contributed to the development of humanist ideas in greater Europe.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-01-10 09:17
The haunting, ethereal beauty of Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci graced the paintings of Sandro Botticelli in 15th century Florence. Darla Goodroad tells her fascinating story in an article for the December 2007 Renstore newsletter.
Submitted by patsmor on Wed, 2008-01-09 09:19
The Codex Atlanticus, "the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master" Leonardo da Vinci, may have suffered extensive damage due to mold.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-01-05 21:14
Archaeologist Jacqui Wood may have discovered a form of Bronze Age lantern tops while doing research in Italy. The ceramic, pots full of strange holes and long thought to be cheese strainers, may have been, in fact, lantern covers or a sort of "medieval bunsen burner." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-12-25 10:24
A red chalk sketch of the dome of St Peter's Basilica, believed to be the last work of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, has been discovered in the Vatican archives. The sketch dates to 1564.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-12-24 10:47
Based on a single fingerprint preserved in one of his paintings, scientists have speculated on the ethnicity of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and believe he may have had Arabic heritage.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-11-24 18:07
Does the Last Supper have a soundtrack? Musician and computer technician Giovanni Maria Pala believes it does and that it sounds like a requiem.
Submitted by Karen on Tue, 2007-11-13 15:24
"The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti's Renaissance Masterpiece" will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 13.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-11-11 12:29
A new exhibition, "Mona Lisa Secrets Revealed," uses technology to unlock questions that have plagued art historians for generations, including, "What happened to the lady's eyebrows?"
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-10-25 19:21
An new exhibit, Early Christian Art Between Rome and Byzantium, will showcase over 90 works from twenty Italian museums at the Intesa San Paolo's Palazzo Leoni Montanari. The show runs until November 18, 2007.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-10-18 21:25
A new study by author Setsuko Matoba proposes the theory that the island of Zipangu made famous in The Travels of Marco Polo may not have been Japan, as believed, but the Philippines.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-10-18 07:29
In 1797, Napoleon's army confiscated the masterpiece the “Wedding at Cana” from the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice and took it back to France. Now the painting has returned home - sort of...
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-10-17 14:33
Spanish scientists are trying to learn more about Christopher Columbus' early years by studying the DNA samples taken from those bearing the explorer's name.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-10-16 10:21
The Barony of Rowany invites you to celebrate the Festive season with them in grand style. In the tradition of the Italian renaissance we will be doing what we do best, re-enacting the past. As we are fascinated by the middle ages so were the 15th century Italians fascinated by the Roman age. So get out your best Italian frock and top it with a toga.
Tournament: Armour inspection 11am Combat starts 12noon
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-10-12 18:44
London police have announced the recovery of Madonna with the Yarnwinder, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci stolen four years ago from Drumlanrig Castle in southern Scotland.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-10-07 05:53
The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and the Association Friends of the Costume Gallery in Florence, Italy are planning a four-day colloquium honoring the work of historic costume expert Janet Arnold for November, 2008.
Submitted by gigi on Fri, 2007-09-28 08:55
Has anyone looked at the latest McCalls patterns for this costume season? They have a wealth of medieval patterns....but I'm having a hard time deciding which elements are authentic and which I should remove. Please advise. Thanks!
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-09-26 11:44
Robert and Jean Hollander have produced a new translation of Dante's masterpiece Paradiso, the third book of the Divine Comedy. Jean Hollander, a poet, was in charge of writing the verse, while Robert Hollander, a Dante scholar, preserved the accuracy of the original. Joan Acocella of The New Yorker has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-09-25 07:35
Carbon dating done on relics of St. Francis of Assisi have given mixed results. While a tunic, belt and mortuary cushion were dated to the right time period, another tunic, which the church attributes to the saint, did not.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-09-18 09:55
30 years after work began, the restoration of Renaissance master Raphael's frescoes in the Vatican is nearly complete. The restoration is scheduled to be completed within a year.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-09-17 10:12
A new scientific technique has been used to study the painting techniques of Leonard Da Vinci. One of his works of art was "bombarded with a narrow beam of high-energy ions" revealing that the master did not mix his colors on a palette, but applied them directly to the canvas.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-09-16 08:37
The Hermitage (Eremo), a 13th century monastery located near Cupramontana, Italy, is for sale complete with world famous botanical garden...but no monks.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-09-09 15:32
National Geographic reports that a mass grave containing the remains of over 1,500 victims of the plague has been discovered on Venice's Lazzaretto Vecchi, an island used to quarantine the sick.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-09-08 11:48
Daryl Sattui, a Napa Valley, California winemaker, has spent 13 years and over US$30M to build a castle, complete with towers and dungeons, to honor his Italian ancestors.