Italian

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.

Renaissance textiles in Kansas City

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri will present Revealing, Reversible and Resplendent: 15th-17th-Century Italian and Spanish Textiles through August 17, 2008. The exhibit includes elaborately-embroidered and woven religious and secular pieces (photo)

Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents exhibit on Renaissance marriage

Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage, an exhibit which "examines the manner in which art played a vital role in the rituals and celebrations of Renaissance marriage" will be on display at the Bowdoin College Art Museum (Brunswick, Maine) until July 27, 2008. The event's website also includes games and activities for children.

Leaning Tower of Pisa extends warranty for another 300 years

Engineers studying Pisa's famous Leaning Tower feel that the structure has been saved for another 300 years thanks to a UK£20 million restoration project.

Mummies on display in Capuchin monastery

The mummified remains of over 8,000 monks and city luminaries make for a strange tourist destination, but that is what visitors will find at the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily. The remains date from the 16th century.

12th century campanile to be saved from fall

Experts are working to keep the 12th century bell-tower in St Mark's Square in Venice from tumbling over after a survey disclosed that the foundation was no longer supporting the structure.

Madonna of the Goldfinch shows its true colors

A recent restoration of Raphael's Madonna del Cardellino, painted in 1506, has revealed the brilliant colors of the original painting which had been hidden under centuries of grime. (Photos)

David gets a facelift

Donatello's David, the 15th century masterpiece housed at Florence's Bargello Museum, has had "work done" in the form of laser treatment to clean off residue, including gold leaf used "on the statue to highlight its wavy hair and clothing."

Inquisition "wasn't so bad after all" according to Vatican

The Vatican has created an exhibit to convince the Faithful that the Inquisition "wasn't so bad after all." The temporary Rare and Precious exhibition at Rome's Vittoriano Museum is designed to "expose some myths about this dark chapter of its past."

Roman subway excavations produce wonderful archaeological finds

Archaeologists working at the site of a subway line near the Piazza Venezia in Rome have made some incredible finds including a 6th century copper factory and artifacts from a Renaissance palace kitchen.

"Oops!" Shroud of Turin washed with a red shirt

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.