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Santa Clara University showcases medieval garden

In honor of its namesake St. Clare of Assisi, Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California has created a medieval garden dedicated to the saint who was "was often compared to a plant or garden." The university's website includes a great deal of information on medieval gardens.

Sketch of da Vinci in middle age found

After months of restoration, a sketch, thought to be an early self portrait of Leonard da Vinci, has been discovered. The drawing was found was covered by handwriting. (video)

Galileo's digit part of anniversary exhibit

An exhibit honoring the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observations will include 250 objects from the scientist's life. Included will be Galileo's right, middle finger, displayed in a crystal jar.

Example of anti-plague burial ritual unearthed in Venice

Archaeologists excavating medieval mass graves in Venice have uncovered a woman buried with a brick in her mouth to stop her chewing on her bloody burial shroud after death, a practice believed at that time to spread the plague.

The archaeology of farming

Those interested in the history of farming and agriculture will want to visit Roberta Alunni's website on the Fratticciola Museum of Farming Culture which looks at "parallels between Etruscan and Tuscan agriculture."

Love letters in the 12th century

Karin Larsdatter provides advice for the lovelorn in a translation on her Medieval Material Culture Blog. The entry looks at a 12th century handbook of letter writing recently discovered at the Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona.

Submerged island and sunken galley may hold clues to Venetian dominance

Italian archaeologists are undertaking a project to raise an entire island which has been submerged in the lagoon of Venice since the 16th century. Among the artifacts they hope to recover is a remarkably preserved 13th century wooden galley.

Bad eyesight may have affected Galileo's findings

A joint Italian and British project to test the DNA of the exhumed body of Renaissance scientist Galileo may lead to interesting findings, including the theory that vision problems affected the astronomer's work.

[OUT] A Weekend at the Florentine Camerata

The year is 1573 in Bella Firenze. Giovanni d'Bardi, Count of Vernio, formally invites you to the Court of the Florentine Camerata, hosted in the artistically fertile lands of his dear friends, Byarki and Asta, the Baron and Baroness of Caer Galen. The great minds and most august men (and women) of Florence will be there assembled in order to restore to glory the great art and music of ancient Greece.

Lucrezia Borgia: businesswoman

New research by an American historian, Diane Yvonne Ghirardo, may show that Lucrezia Borgia was falsely accused of the murder of her husband, and that she may have been more involved with business than with intrigue.

Lionheart shines at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The early-music vocal sextet Lionheart recently offered a program of Christmas music of 13th through 16th-century Italy in the Medieval Sculpture Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Allan Kozinn of Medievalists.net has a review.

Advanced techology restores Madonna and Child to splendor

When the Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child With Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Sigismund by Neroccio de' Landi arrived at Washington's National Gallery of Art conservation lab 18 months ago, it had faded paint and damaged gilding. Now the work shines, thanks to the careful handling of restoration experts. (photos)

Dante inspires video game

Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy has now inspired a video game. Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that it is working on a new game based on Dante’s Inferno.

Correggio makes comeback in Parma

Correggio, one of the great masters of Renaissance Italy, has been overlooked for the past century, but is now finding new appreciation through a full-scale retrospective at various venues in his favorite city, Parma, Italy. (video)

Met celebrates love in Renaissance Italy

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is for lovers! Lovers of art of the Italian Renaissance, that is. The museum will sponsor Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, an exhibit that "promises romance, desire, youthful beauty, ritual, expensive gift items and possible sex in the land of Romeo and Juliet." Roberta Smith of the New York Times has a review with photos.

Putting a face to the name: Lucrezia Borgia

A claim has been made that the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) has the only known formal portrait of Lucrezia Borgia in existence.

[ANS] Central Regional 12th Night 2009

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Come join the groups in the Central Region in Celebrating Carnivale! January 3, 2009

Delight yourselves in the visions of Italy during this magnificent season. Enjoy the sounds of our wandering performers or compete to be the Kingdom Bard in the Eisteddfod!

Test your luck at our period gaming tables!

Autocrats:
Sior Tomas Niallagain
Sir Hrafn Olaffson Location:
Barony of Elfsea (Arlington, Texas)

[MID] Masque of Courtly Love XIII

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Please join us for a day of Heavy fighting, Rapier, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Classes, Display of Arts and Sciences, Bardic activities, Shopping, Eating, Mirth and Merry Making! The Marche of Alderford proudly presents Masque of Courtly Love XIII: A Celebration of Mirth and Merry-Making.

It is with great pride that we can announce that we have been informed by Their Royal Majesties Ullr & Annelyse and Their Royal Highnesses EikBrandr & Runa that the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness Sgt. Einar Blakklar and Lady Maerwynn of Warwick will be held at The Masque of Courtly Love XIII: A Celebration of Mirth & Merry Making, Saturday February 21, 2009. Location:
Marche of Alderford (North Canton, Ohio)

[MID] Masque of Courtly Love XIII

description:
Please join us for a day of Heavy fighting, Rapier, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Classes, Display of Arts and Sciences, Bardic activities, Shopping, Eating, Mirth and Merry Making! The Marche of Alderford proudly presents Masque of Courtly Love XIII: A Celebration of Mirth and Merry-Making.

It is with great pride that we can announce that we have been informed by Their Royal Majesties Ullr & Annelyse and Their Royal Highnesses EikBrandr & Runa that the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness Sgt. Einar Blakklar and Lady Maerwynn of Warwick will be held at The Masque of Courtly Love XIII: A Celebration of Mirth & Merry Making, Saturday February 21, 2009. Location:
Marche of Alderford (North Canton, Ohio)

Modern technology used to help restore "Madonna of the Goldfinch"

"X-rays, CAT scans, reflective infra-red photography, lasers, men and women in white coats, microscopes, latex gloves" all played a part in the restoration of Raphael's masterpiece "Madonna of the Goldfinch," a 10-year project with stunning results. (photo)

The "New Yorker" looks at "The Florentine"

In an article for The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont looks at the life of Niccolò Machiavelli, "the man who taught rulers how to rule."

David may have feet of clay

Experts believe that Michelangelo's famous statue of David is at risk of falling over due to cracks in the ankles caused by poor quality marble. Engineers fear the statue could crumble in event of an earthquake.

Author claims Da Vinci's drawings based on Chinese technology

Gavin Menzies, who in 2002 theorized that the Chinese reached the America's 7 decades before Columbus, has a new theory: Leonardo da Vinci's drawings were based on scientific encyclopedias brought to Italy in 1430 by a Chinese fleet.

Rome's "She-Wolf" may be medieval in origin

News has rocked Rome that the famous Lupa Capitolina statue, that for centuries has been a powerful symbol of the city, may not be Etruscan in origin but medieval.

Italian Renaissance Textiles at the Lyon Museum of Textiles, France

The Lyon Museum of textiles and decorative arts is holding an exhibition of Italian renaissance textiles, open until 7 September 2008.

Italian Renaissance garb exhibit in Washington, D.C. until July 31, 2008

The Italian Culture Institute in Washington will present Splendors of the Renaissance: Princely Attire in Italy until July 31, 2008. The exhibit is open by appointment only and I.D. is required.

Dante given stay of execution

Officials in Florence, Italy have granted Dante Alighieri, Italy's most famous poet, a stay of execution. The poet was exiled in 1302 with a mandate that he "would be executed if he stepped foot in the city again."

7th century Lomard buried with horse

Italian archaeologists have discovered the burial site of a Lombard warrior interred with his horse. The skeletons were found n a park at Testona, near Turin, Italy.

"Michelangelo Code" latest renaissance mystery

Reminiscent of "The Da Vinci Code," a decades-old mystery involves the claim that Michelangelo painted subversive messages into his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, including "secret" profile of the medieval poet Dante and a portrait of Jesus on the cross.

Rare display of Shroud of Turin scheduled

The Turin Shroud will be displayed in public for the first time in ten years, coinciding with a new series of scientific tests. The Shroud has only been displayed five times in the past century.