1501 CE to 1600 CE

Chemist Discovers Secret of Renaissance Translucence

A chemist working for Washington's National Gallery of Art may have discovered the secret to the bright, translucent colors of European Renaissance paintings: ground glass.

Portrait of Thomas Howard Added to England's National Portrait Gallery

England's National Portrait Gallery has added a rare porait of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, to its collection. Howard was a powerful courtier during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Exhibit on Flemish engravings on display in Minneapolis

"Flemish Fantasia: Invention and Imagination in Sixteenth Century Flemish Engravings" is on display at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts through February 27, 2005.

Konrad Seusenhofer, Master Armourer

As part of its Almanac series, the History Channel will present "The Master: Konrad Seusenhofer--Master Armourer."

Medieval Ship Discovered in Thames Estuary

Marine archaeologists are excited about the discovery of parts of a medieval ship in the Thames Estuary.

Exhibit on letter-writing in the Renaissance opens at the Folger

"Letterwriting in Renaissance England," on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, through April 2, 2005 traces the evolution of Renaissance letter-writing.

London's Raphael Exhibit Garners Praise

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times reviews the much-praised Raphael exhibit now showing at the National Gallery in London.

Anglo-Spanish Ties in Tudor Period - New Shipwreck Provides Clues

An Elizabethan trading ship, recently found in the Thames estuary may have been headed on a secret trading mission to Spain.

Scottish Witches Pardoned

A township in Scotland celebrated Halloween by officially pardoning 81 people — and their cats — executed for witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In Prayse of the Needle

Jane Stockton, who lives in Lochac and is a frequent SCAtoday.net contributing writer, maintains this extensive web site about costuming, blackwork, and embroidery, mostly from the Elizabethan period.

16th Century Embroidery Resources

This is a bibliography page listing print and online resources for those interested in Elizabethan embroidery and blackwork.

Stolen Titian Painting Recovered

Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac, a 16th century painting believed to be by Renaissance master Titian, was recovered recently after being stolen from a collector's home.

Luther's "Loo" Excites Archaeological Community

Archaeologists in Germany believe they have found Martin Luther's toilet in a newly-unearthed annex of his Wittenberg home.

Oonagh's Own

Mistress Oonagh O'Neill, from the Barony of Politarchopalis in the Kingdom of Lochac, has an extensive web site with photographs, research notes, and other documentation on European ladies' court dresses from the 16th century.

Technically Naked

Technically Naked is a web site about the history and construction of men's and women's undergarments in the 16th century in Europe.

New exhibit on arms & armor of Shakespearean drama opens at the Higgins

"Now Thrive the Armorers: The Arms & Armor of Shakespeare" will be on display at the Higgins Armory Museum through June 23, 2005.

Artwork from Renaissance Dresden on display at the Met

"Princely Splendor: The Dresden Court, 1580–1620" will be on display at the Special Exhibition Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 30, 2005.

Courtly Dance Seminar to be Held in Atlantia

On November 20, 2004, Susan de Guardiola (Alejandra de Miera), will be presenting a day-long workshop on courtly dances of late 16th century Italy.

Tudor/Stewart Ring Unearthed in West Wycombe, England

Local hobbyists using metal detectors have discovered a gold ring dating from late Tudor or early Stewart England.

Copper Plates Document Vijayanagara Dynasty

Three etched copper plates dating to 1544 give details of the Kingdom of Vijayanagara in India.

Janet Arnold Featured in "National Biography"

British costuming legend Janet Arnold appeared recently in the online "Biography of the Day" series.

Da Vinci Code Fans Flock to Historic Sites

Fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code are innundating sites in France in search of answers.

Henry VIII Comes to "Masterpiece Theatre"

An all-star cast will highlight the new Masterpiece Theatre production of Henry VIII which will premiere November 7, 2004 on PBS stations.

Happy 500th Birthday David!

The city of Florence is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo's statue of David.

In Drake's Wake

Owners of a replica of Sir Francis Drake's galleon, the Golden Hinde, seek a part-time captain for the ship.

Science Aids Renaissance Art Restoration

Computers are being used to help restore several Renaissance paintings by showing how the art works originally appeared.

Bow Timbers of the "Mary Rose" Found

Twenty years after the Mary Rose was dramatically raised from the seabed, marine archaeologists have found the bow of the ship.

Medieval Graves Found in Berkshire

Archaeologists say they have found what they believe to be the biggest medieval burial ground, in Newbury, Berkshire, near the 16th Century Litten Chapel.

Bones in Santa Maria cathedral, Seville not Columbus

Spanish authorities have conceded that the body interred at the Santa Maria cathederal in Seville, Spain are not those of famed explorer, Christopher Columbus.

Basque galleon discovered at Red Bay harbor off Labrador coast

A 16th century Basque ship has been found off the coast of Newfoundland, the fourth such ship to have been found in the area.