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"?
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?
If you (or someone you know) attended a Renaissance Weekend, what was it like? [more inside]
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?
I am looking for histories of medieval and Renaissance Italy. [more inside]
Have horses grown in size since the Middle Ages/Renaissance? [more inside]
Which punk bands did my father see in London in 1978? (Intriguingly fragmented details follow..) [more inside]
[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]
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]
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]
Hi there MeFi/I ask, prithee/recommend to me/art that divides in three. [more inside]
What was it like to be an apprentice in Renaissance Florence? [more inside]
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]
Looking for beautiful paintings for a presentation. [more inside]
Help me build the essential early music library. [more inside]
Are there any US colleges or universities known for their strength in Italian Renaissance history? [more inside]
I'm looking for paintings on desperation. [more inside]
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.
Calling all Italians: Walking from Firenze to Roma, advice needed! [more inside]
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]
Searching for an understandable snippet of Shakespeare. [more inside]
Help me think of a suitable question for an essay on Mantegna's prints. [more inside]
HistoryFilter: Help me think of an interesting and researchable thesis for a Renaissance History course. [more inside]
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.
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]
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....)
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?
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?
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?