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  • Truffle in History:Recipe of Black Truffle Crepes

    Crepes The truffle has always had a prestigious role at the table ( see In this post I present to you the ancient recipe for preparing the tasty c respelle with black truffle , all to try. Heres how

  • Bernardo Bandini Baroncelli:Leonardo “Photographs” a Death Sentence

    Bernardo Bandini Baroncelli hanged. Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci The dangling body seen in the drawing is that Bernardo Bandini Baroncelli, while the author of the work is Leonardo da Vinci. As you can see, it is a tragic moment fixed forever on paper, that of the hanging of a man. B

  • Christmas dinner at the Court of Ivan the Terrible:an amazing menu

    Sixteenth-century banquet. The Christmas dinner of 1557 in Russia at the court of Tsar Ivan the Terrible remained memorable The Christmas dinner of 1557 to the court of Russia remained memorable for its glitz and mind-blowing menu. Power was in the hands of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible ,

  • Gambling:the Other Passion by Giacomo Casanova

    Portrait of Giacomo Casanova Remained famous as an incurable womanizer, Giacomo Casanova he had, in addition to women, another great passion: gambling. Nothing unusual actually for a doc Venetian like him, since vice was an integral part of the charm of the splendid lagoon city, whose inhab

  • Last Letter of Marie Antoinette before the Gallows:Text and Curiosities

    Last letter of Marie Antoinette (original text) The last letter of Marie Antoinette , written by ex Queen of France a few hours before climbing the steps of the guillotine, it is kept in the National Archives of the Hotel de Soubise. The document, in addition to being poignant, is of funda

  • Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci:the Origins of the Genius

    Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci in Anchiano (FI) The birthplace of Leonardo is located in Anchiano, about 3 kilometers from Vinci, in the province of Florence. It is a typical country house in stone, with a simple and linear shape, which rises from an expanse of centuries-old olive trees

  • Fersen:the Tragic Death

    Fersen portrait in mature age The Swedish count Hans Axel von Fersen he was almost certainly the great love of the queen of France Marie Antoinette. In reality the true nature of their relationship, a subject on which rivers of ink have been spilled, eludes us in many respects and is destine

  • Marie Antoinette and Fersen:Tragic End of a Love

    Marie Antoinette and Fersen Marie Antoinette and Fersen did they love each other? Or was theirs just a deep friendship, cemented by intense mutual respect and esteem? The real nature of their bond, which certainly was solid and lasting, is destined, for obvious reasons, to remain a mystery.

  • Simonetta Vespucci, Beautiful of the Renaissance

    Simonetta Vespucci portrayed by Sandro Botticelli (detail Simonetta Vespucci , born Cattaneo, (1453-1476) was one of the most beautiful and admired noblewomen of Renaissance Florence. Almost certainly originally from Genoa, the girl married very young with Marco di Piero Vespucci , a relat

  • The Giraffe of Lorenzo the Magnificent

    Portrait of Lorenzo the Magnificent That of the giraffe is one of the most folkloric episodes linked to the Medici family ( I mentioned it here The animal was brought as a gift

  • Lorenzo de Medici:the Last Love

    Bust of Lorenzo de Medici Lorenzo de Medici he was a passionate man. If his youth was marked by a series of more or less important relationships, the best known of which is the one with Lucrezia Donati, the maturity was not far behind. In reality, it seems that the great patron, although a

  • Tuscan Cialdoni:Cooking Recipe by Lorenzo the Magnificent

    A witty image of Lorenzo the Magnificent The following is not just any cooking recipe, as it is suggested by Lorenzo the Magnificent. Evidently the great lord of Florence and our Renaissance also understood gastronomy. Here is what he writes in Canzona de ’cialdoni on how to prepare Tus

  • Vegan diet for Leonardo da Vinci? What the Italian Genius ate

    Leonardo and the Vitruvian Man Leonardo da vinci followed a vegan diet ? On the boundless love that the genius of our Renaissance had for animals I have already written in other posts ( see and https://ww

  • Pico della Mirandola Died of Arsenic Poisoning

    Portrait of Pico della Mirandola Pico della Mirandola, great humanist and philosopher of the 1400s, was poisoned with arsenic. It took five centuries to solve the case, but the scientific analyzes leave no doubts. The biological and chemical-physical tests carried out on the mummified body

  • Caterina di Meo Lippi:was she the mother of Leonardo da Vinci?

    Was Leonardo the son of Caterina di Meo Lippi? Caterina by Meo Lippi she was the mother of Leonardo da Vinci ? Maybe. Scholars Martin Kemp believe this , art historian, and Giuseppe Pallanti , researcher, but in reality, over the centuries, the hypotheses on the identity of the mothe

  • Calzabraga:the "Leggings" (Male) of the '400

    Adoration of the Magi by Luca Signorelli (detail):the two young men depicted wearing the typical fifteenth-century sock What you see reproduced in the image is a detail of the Adoration of the Magi (1495) by Luca Signorelli :the two boys portrayed are wearing the typical calzabraga then fa

  • Men's Fashion of the '400:Exposed Underpants

    Mens fashion of the 1400s (by Giovanni di Ser Giovanni):separate stockings with visible underpants In the attached image you can see a detail of The game of civet, work of Giovanni di Ser Giovanni (1406-1486), brother of the more famous Masaccio; the painting dates back to 1450 and shows u

  • Male Underwear:Brief History of the Breeches

    Portrait of a 16th century man (the work is by Il Parmigianino) wearing a showy braghetta During the 1500s, the use of a rather particular and decidedly risque item of underwear (but not too much) became widespread among men, the braghetta, that we can consider the ancestor of the modern jock

  • Mummy Dust as Medicine

    Mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II Without the appropriate knowledge and the related means to address and resolve diseases, it is no wonder that the prescriptions of medicine more ancient appear today rather bizarre and decidedly not very credible (here you will find some examples:https://w

  • Empire Style:Women's Fashion in the Napoleonic Era

    Josephine Beauharnais, Napoleons first wife, in an “Empire style” dress The French womens fashion of the First Empire , from 1804 to 1814, differed enormously from the previous one:via tinsel, lace, damask, wigs and exaggerated widths (just think of the panier

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