Renaissance

The historical period in Europe between the Middle Ages and the Reformation.

Paper into couture at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

In Pulp Fashion:  The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, the Belgian artist re-creates exquisite life-size historic costumes using paper. The exhibit is currently at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor until June 5, 2011. (photos)

Edinburgh conference explores Renaissance beauty secrets

At a recent conference at Edinburgh University, modern experts examined period sources "to increase understanding of the kinds of [beauty] materials that may have been available in renaissance homes and how ideas of beauty have developed over time."

Olde Worlde Colonial Products, LLC.

Olde Worlde Colonial Products is a purveyor of medieval and colonial outdoor lighting. Their core product is the Colonial Cressett which is handcrafted in wrought iron and designed to cast a warming glow at reenactment camp sites and homes alike. The Colonial Cressett may be spiked into the ground or used with an optional three legged stand also made of wrought iron.

Renaissance raised heel shoes web site upgraded

The website "Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised Heel and High Heel Construction," created by Master Vyncent atte Wodegate (OL), has received a major overhaul recently.

Mountain Rogues

The Mountain Rogues design and craft Faire Lyric Books (a compilation of song lyrics dating back to the 1400's and encased in fabric covers), board games out of fabric, leather and wood (they mill their own lumber), riddle books (over 100 riddles dating to pre civil war), tables, game tables, and decorative items out of lumber, plus other items out of fabric and wood.

Piffaro explains medieval wind instruments

On their website, the early music group Piffaro offers a wonderful video demonstration of renaissance wind instruments.

Sumptuary laws plagued Renaissance bankers

"Our state is less strong because money which should navigate and multiply lies dead, converted into vanities,"  said the rulers of Venice, who enforced laws designed to curb the spending habits of the rich. These sumptuary laws are the subject of an article by Sarah Dunant on the BBC News Magazine blog.

Leonardo3 offers detailed studies of da Vinci's paintings

Afficionatos of the work of Leonardo da Vinci will enjoy visiting the website Leonardo3, which offers detailed studies of the artist's paintings. The site is in Italian. (photos)

Renaissance tapestries at Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina will host Imperial Splendor: Renaissance Tapestries from Vienna May 21, 2010 - September 19, 2010. The tapestries are from the collection of the Kunsthistorisches of Vienna.

Timely Treasured Threads.

Timely Treasured Threads is a store dedicated to providing a complete ensemble for you to dress yourself for your favorite period event, no matter the era. From accessories to clothes, "they have you covered."

La Boheme Bijoux

La Boheme Bijoux offers an elegant collection of vintage-inspired gemstone and crystal jewelry, including a section of designs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. This site is a resource for the historical costume enthusiast who loves to complete her ensembles by wearing beautiful one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade jewelry.

Medici collection sculpture to be sold

An antiquity once owned by Lorenzo de Medici will go on sale at Sotheby's June 11. 'Il Magnifico' laid claim to Three Satrys Fighting a Serpent shortly after its excavation in 1489.

"Modeling Devotion" showcases Renaissance sculpture

A new exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusets, focusses on the largely-overlooked field of painted Renaissance terracotta sculptures.

Photos from "A Late Period, Who Knew?" online

Lady Magdelena Grace Vane reports that she has created an album of photos from "A Late Period, Who Knew?" an event which took place recently in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Renaissance texts "unread and unstudied"

In a podcast for the Classics and Ancient History website, Peter Mack and Maude Vanhalen discuss Renaissance thought and the fact that much of its works, most written in Latin, have been "largely unread and unstudied." (MP3)

Mona Lisa: After hours....

It's quiet in the Louvre at night... too quiet. What does Mona Lisa -- she of the enigmatic smile -- do to pass the time? Piffie the Puffin has the answer.

Tournament of the Phoenix to draw international jousters

For the third straight year, jousters from around the world will gather for the Tournament of the Phoenix, a weekend-long event to be held October 23-25, 2009 in Poway California. The event is being held in conjunction with the Festival of History, a living history event featuring re-enactors from Roman times to the Renaissance.

Golden Dwarf

The Golden Dwarf is a seller of quality renaissance, medieval, and pirate clothing, costumes, garb, armor, weapons, and accessories for LARP, Reenactment, Ren-Faires, and SCA.

Fabric Dragon

Fabric Dragon sells many items, but of especial interest to most SCAdians are the linen threads in multiple weights and colors, silk threads in multiple weights, colors, and degree of twist, beads (including those small enough to use easily in embroidery) and pearls of various types.

Krazy Kat Fiberhaus

Purveyors of fine needlework supplies, Krazy Kat Fiberhaus carries all kinds of threads, patterns and notions usable and appreciated by the Historic needleworker. They have Sylke Gilt Twist, Slate Frames, fine linens and threads of silk, linen and gold.

Lost Knowledge: Timbrel vaulting

A look at the largely-lost Medieval art of timbrel vaulting structures and the related, more modern (late 19th century) system of interlocking terracotta tiles which create what are known as Guastavino domes, after their inventor, Rafael Guastavino.

Pennsic Choir Online Registration Open

Attention all choristers! You are cordially invited to join the Known World Choir at Pennsic 38, also known as the Pennsic Choir.

GKS Widgets

GKS Widgets offers replica armor and weapons for display or costume as well as accessories. Weapons and armor choices include both historically-accurate reproductions and fantasy items. The company also offers realistic-looking lightweight latex weapons and shields for live-action roleplay (LARP) gaming.

Dream exhibit at the Folger Library

The dreamworld was a popular subject for medieval and renaissance people. Now a new exhibit at Washington D.C. Folger Library looks at the world of sleep and dreams through the eyes of William Shakespeare and others. Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post has a review.

[MID] Shire of Talonval Demo

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), The Shire of Talonval, and The Jackson Community College Student Group are sponsoring a demonstration on JCC campus grounds 2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 on Monday April 20, 2009 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

For more information contact: Lady Carmela Angelica Adamo/ Laurie Adamo at laurieadamo@hotmail.com.

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Collegium Cantorum to offer concerts in Washington D.C. area

Roy B. Scherer reports that Collegium Cantorum, under the direction of Timothy Kendall, will present two concerts of Renaissance sacred music in Washington D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland.

Folding chairs in history

DesignBoom.com has created a website dedicated to the history of the folding chair from ancient times through the Renaissance. The website includes illustrations.

ELAD'S Leather Armor

ELAD's provides handcrafted, leather armor for LARP, SCA, Renaissance and Medieval Festivals. They offer a wide selection of breastplates, helmets, bracers, gauntlets, spaulders, greaves, and more. Custom leather armor design is available as well.

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)

Nativearth Footwear and Accessories

Nativearth/Olde Soles: Producers of footwear and accessories ranging from 400 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Visit their online catalog to see standard-size, in-stock footwear and their custom footwear range. Online ordering and information are available. They can also be contacted at mail@nativearth.com.