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Did anyone record opinions on codpieces?

So codpieces were... a thing. Are there any records of what people who couldn't flaunt them, particularly court ladies, thought about dudes walking around with them?
posted by colin_l on Jun 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Renaissance Optical Trick Paintings

Can anyone suggest a well-illustrated overview (optimally on the web, or via a YouTube video) of Renaissance paintings achieved via mirrors (e.g. curved/"trick" mirrors) and other optical tricks? Of particular interest: paintings which need to be viewed in a special mirror to be "decoded"?
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Renaissance Paintings with Loads of Symbolism

I need some examples of paintings from the Renaissance with a lot (or some) symbolism. I already have Jan Van Eyck's, The Arnolfini Portrait, can you help me find a couple more?
posted by nanook on Sep 7, 2015 - 11 answers

What is your experience with Renaissance Weekends?

If you (or someone you know) attended a Renaissance Weekend, what was it like? [more inside]
posted by Herr Zebrurka on Nov 23, 2014 - 0 answers

Roman Statue called La Rustique in the 16th century?

I'm reading the travel writings of Nicolas de Nicolay and... [more inside]
posted by BWA on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Phillyfilter: Where can my boyfriend learn Western-style swordfighting?

I'm looking for schools or groups that offer combat training with authentic Western medieval/renaissance weapons and methods in the Philadelphia area (up to 1.5 hours away is fine). He's not interested in katana/Eastern martial arts, stage combat/LARPing, or sport fencing. Unfortunately, anything I've found via Google seems to be out of business. I'd really like to surprise him with some lessons for a Valentine's Day gift. Does anyone have any leads?
posted by ElectricGoat on Feb 9, 2014 - 9 answers

This title is probably irrelevant.

I am looking for histories of medieval and Renaissance Italy. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse. Hm. Anything smaller, maybe?

Have horses grown in size since the Middle Ages/Renaissance? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Time-traveling to 1978 London would be my preferred way of answering this

Which punk bands did my father see in London in 1978? (Intriguingly fragmented details follow..) [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Let me count the ways

[Philosophy/Language/HistoryFilter]: What's the name of this rhetorical or logical technique, where you explain a subject by making a lot of lists? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Is there a medievalist in the house?

Are you a medievalist? I'm looking for books, diaries, art books, websites and other resources about private life and printing in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Apr 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Recommend instrumental Renaissance music to me

Please recommend to me more music like this track by Thomas Tallis, performed by The King's Noyse. I'm finding it a little tricky to find entire albums by this Consort or that Ensemble that are exclusively instrumental. What I'm looking for is: 1) Instrumental, without vocals; 2) 16th century-ish; 3) similar, not-too-lively tempo; 4) Available from Amazon mp3 or iTunes. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

My iPad deserves / art that comes in thirds.

Hi there MeFi/I ask, prithee/recommend to me/art that divides in three. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jan 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Apprentice life in Renaissance Florence?

What was it like to be an apprentice in Renaissance Florence? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Oct 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Which Pope knew how to throw a party?

Help me find this half-remembered anecdote from what I think was a collection of famous chefs or food writers discussing their ideal meals? [more inside]
posted by grar on Oct 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Color me textured!

Looking for beautiful paintings for a presentation. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Yee Olde Musick Shoppe

Help me build the essential early music library. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Apr 1, 2010 - 26 answers

Studying Italian Renaissance History in the USA

Are there any US colleges or universities known for their strength in Italian Renaissance history? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel on Mar 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Desperately seeking desperate art.

I'm looking for paintings on desperation. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Feb 9, 2010 - 22 answers

Good books about the Italian Renaissance?

Can anyone recommend good books about the interaction of Italian City-States during the Renaissance? My brother is writing a 200 page paper over the next three years, and his topic is Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan and how their interactions shaped the Italian Renaissance. He doesn't have any good books to go on, and I'm at a loss to help him (I'm not a history person) Any help would be appreciated.
posted by nickhb on Jul 3, 2009 - 18 answers

Walking from Firenze to Roma!

Calling all Italians: Walking from Firenze to Roma, advice needed! [more inside]
posted by vespr1610 on Jun 6, 2009 - 5 answers


I'd thought it was a Goya, but the (self?) portrait I'm looking for isn't turning up amongst his collected works. The striking feature of the Renaissance-y painting is the joyous, somewhat impish expression of the subject. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Feb 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Quick dose of the Bard

Searching for an understandable snippet of Shakespeare. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Sep 4, 2007 - 28 answers

Matengna Essay Question Ideas

Help me think of a suitable question for an essay on Mantegna's prints. [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Renaissance thesis?

HistoryFilter: Help me think of an interesting and researchable thesis for a Renaissance History course. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Apr 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Albrecht Dürer's hat

I want Albrecht Dürer's hat. The hat is the one in this self-portrait. I would like to make a replica of this hat. It looks fairly simple at a glance, but examining it closely, I can't figure out how it's constructed. Other paintings or illustrations of this type of hat would be helpful, too.
posted by Stove on Jan 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Sponsored Art/Sponsored Literature

Artsy fartsy filter: While thinking about the Medici family, the renaissance and the idea of commissioned works of art, I was wondering if there have ever been works of literature that have been sponsored or commissioned purely for the sake of art. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 21, 2006 - 18 answers

mystery painting

Can anyone identify the artist, title, and location of this artwork? (It's a cropping of a larger work, and it may be a version of the Last Judgement, that's all I know....)
posted by extrabox on May 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Historical fiction featuring Renaissance popes?

I've been reading Barbara Tuchman's The March of Folly, an account of notable historical episodes where governing bodies persisted in the pursuit of policies contrary to the interests of the governed. Among the most amusing and weird episodes is the history of the papacy in the decades around 1500 -- when popes led troops in battle, presided over orgies, and generally fiddled while Rome was about to be sacked (in 1527). Anyone know of a really sprightly historical novel on this subject?
posted by bmckenzie on Jun 7, 2005 - 9 answers

Anyone know about old type faces?

I'm reading a French text printed in Paris in 1527. The language is clear enough, no less intuitive than Olde Englysh, but the typography can be a poser. Can anyone recommend a particularly good reference text (or web site) that lists the various abbreviations, letter, and number variations, that keep cropping up?
posted by IndigoJones on May 9, 2005 - 5 answers

renaissance florence reading?

NovelFilter: I just finished Romola, by Eliot, and didn't love it, but want to learn more about Florence in the era--a very interesting time, to put it mildly--with the Medicis, Savanarola, etc. Any good novels or non-boring non-fiction on Florence in the late 1400s-early 1500s?
posted by amberglow on Mar 18, 2005 - 11 answers

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