1401 CE to 1500 CE

15th Century Ottoman Maps Put to Modern Use

Several countries in the Middle East have recently requested copies of 15th century Ottoman maps to help determine modern border disputes.

Wedding Jewel - Was Raphael Married?

A small pearl brooch in "La Fornarina" was the clue used by art historian Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz to suggest that Raphael and the woman long thought to be his mistress were actually secretly married.

"Lost" Donatello Masterpiece Now on Display

A 15th Century marble masterpiece in private hands for 400 years and now attributed to the Renaissance sculptor Donatello went on public view this week for the first time.

15th Century Artifacts Discovered in Prague

A large number of silver coins and a ceramic goblet were discovered by archaeologists working in central Prague recently. The rare find was unearthed under the floor of a Gothic house between Stepanska and Skolska Streets.

Medieval Scots' Diet Healthier than Modern

New research on medieval cesspits shows that the diet of 15th century Scots was healthier than that of their modern counterparts.

British Numbers at Battle of Agincourt Revised

A new book has put forward that the numbers of English and Welsh troops at Agincourt was higher than previously thought and that the numbers of French troops was lower than previously believed.

Canada's National Gallery to Host Renaissance Exhibit

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario will host "Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence," 29 May-5 September, 2005.

"Streets Through Time" Presents Sights and Sounds of Medieval England

English Heritage will give visitors to Kenilworth, England a chance to experience the "sights and sounds" of the Middle Ages when they present Streets Through Time.

15th-century murder solved

Scientists carrying out tests on the exhumed remains of Agnes Sorel, the mistress of King Charles VII of France, have determined that she was poisoned with a lethal dose of mercury.

New exhibit on 15th century Chinese art at the Met

"Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century China" will be on display at the Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for Chinese Decorative Arts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through July 10.

Science News: Art Historian Discovers Secret of Venetian Color

Researchers have now verified the secret that made Venetian Renaissance paintings "appear to glow." Art historian Louisa Matthew discovered that artists traded ideas and materials with dye and glass-makers.

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer

The British Library web site now features William Caxton’s digital images of two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483, in an online exhibit called "Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer".

Does Ides of March worry modern Julius Caesar? Not really, he says.

A modern-day man from western Germany, whose legal name is Cajus Julius Caesar, says people want to know what kind of precautions he takes on the "Ides of March".

Our poet of Renaissance alta cucina

The Los Angeles Times discusses Italian renaissance cooking with Luigi Ballerini, the former chair of UCLA's Italian department and author of an introduction to The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookbook.

Newport Ship in Trouble Again

Plans to continue the preservation of a medieval ship owned by the Earl of Warwick have hit another snag. Newport Council members need to raise UK£300,000 a year to keep the ship from being destroyed.

Middle School Students Learn About Renaissance Life - En Francaise

French teacher Alisa Dupuy uses her SCA experience to teach her students at John Witherspoon Middle School about life during the French Renaissance.

Da Vinci Fingerprint May Solve Mystery

The restoration of a renaissance painting, "The Adoration of the Christ Child," may have solved a mystery by revealing a fingerprint and stylistic touches that could tie the work to Leonardo Da Vinci.

24 Hour Museum: Medieval Love Rings Promise "My Whole Heart"

A pair of 15th century "love rings" has been discovered by hobbyists in a metal detector group. The rings bear the inscription "my whole heart."

Historical group says "Richard III was innocent, okay?"

This article discusses the Richard III Society, "a quiet army" that is "fighting to clear his good name," and also mentions the De Vere Society and other such organizations.

New exhibit on Italian Renaissance Art at the Met

"From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master" will be on display in the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 1, 2005.

Hiëronymus Bosch Action Figures

Disturbingly fascinating, a collection of plastic sculptures of figures from paintings by Renaissance artist Hiëronymus Bosch can be viewed online.

Woodcut Masterpieces on Display in New York

A treasury of Renaissance woodcuts will be on display at the Grolier Club in New York City, featuring manuscripts from the collection of Lessing J. Rosenwald.

New Exhibit on the Early History of the Bible at The Walters

"The Early History of the Bible" will be on display at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, through May 1, 2005.

GeoTimes: Geologist Believes Kensington Rune Stone May be Authentic

The debate continues. Scott Wolter, a geologist and president of American Petrographic Services in St. Paul, Minnesota, believes that the markings on the famous Kensington Rune Stone date from 1700 or earlier.

Herald: Rosslyn Chapel Besieged by "Da Vinci Code" Followers

The popularity of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code could lead to the literal downfall of Rosslyn Chapel.

Islamic Renaissance Workshop to be Presented in Maryland

The Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland will present "The Impact of Islamic Culture on the Arts of the Renaissance," a day-long workshop, on February 4, 2005.

York Minster Glass Receives Facelift

The 15th century east window of England's renowned York Minster is being painstakingly repaired.

Northshield Dance Seminar XIX

Please join us for a day and night full of dancing as the Shire of Inner Sea presents: Northshield Dance Seminar XIX, March 19, 2005.

Prince Charles Offers Plants to 'Elizabethan' Garden

Prince Charles has offered some plants from his Highgrove estate for a proposed Elizabethan garden at a cottage in Cornwall, said to be the family home of Sir Francis Drake's first wife.