Friday, April 22, 2016

Renaissance Tourney Dress- Cartridge Pleated Skirt

I had a small win this week and finally got the skirt cartridge pleated onto the bodice that I started last November. The dress needs a few tweaks, hemming and a set of sleeves, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel and will get this one finished in time as part of my Franchise/Prowess challenge for the Noble Pilgrimage.
I have been slogging along working on so many things and feeling quite disheartened about being sick and getting things finished in time for the challenge, so this is a big win for the week.

The dress is loosely based on Vincenzo Campi's portrait of The Fishmongers, so I will be making a set of red sleeves (and hopefully later down the track, that delightful partlet.)

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

A delightful shopping trip!

I had a fun trip into my favourite costuming/cosplay shop today. I got to see the new premises and check out the new stock, as well as pick up some bargains!

It really is a one-stop shop for trims, notions, habby and embroidery threads. I got some hardware to bling up my new balzo, a chain, some ribbons, buttons, and lots of wool threads, so I am very happy.

If you are in Adelaide, pop in!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Koala Time

I saw this fellow in my tree tonight when I got home, not sure if it is the same one as last time? I think this is the big one. My last post showed a smaller individual.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Australian Cockatoo in Mategna 1496 painting

'Old' news, but fascinating stuff nonetheless.

The appearance of a cockatoo in a 15th century Italian Renaissance painting has led historians to reconsider what they know of early trading routes to Europe.
Upon close inspection of Andrea Mantegna's 1496 painting Madonna della Vittoria, which hangs in the Louvre, a sulphur-crested cockatoo can be seen in pride of place above the cross.

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Madonna della Vittoria by Andrea Mantegna
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You might remember this one as well:

Image of what is thought to be a kangaroo on a 16th century processional could lend weight to the theory that the Portuguese were the first explorers to set foot in Australian soil, before the Dutch or English.
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"The document, acquired by Les Enluminures Gallery in New York, shows a sketch of an apparent kangaroo (''canguru'' in Portuguese) nestled in its text and is dated between 1580 and 1620. It has led researchers to believe images of the marsupial were already being circulated by the time the Dutch ship Duyfken - long thought to have been the first European vessel to visit Australia - landed in 1606."

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

''Lost" Caravaggio?

A painting that may be by the Italian master Caravaggio and worth £94m ($135m) has been found in the loft of a house in southern France.

Judith Beheading Holofernes

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Striped Dresses in the Renaissance - Research Notes

I love stripey dresses, so I decided to collate some references from the SCA period to inspire me to cut into my stripey stash!

 Detail from ''The Finding of Moses'' - Bonifacio Veronese
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 Portrait of a Lady with a Boy - Paris Bordone
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 Portrait of Noblewoman and Son - Bartolomeo Passarotti
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Portrait of a Venetian Noblewoman at the age of 18 - Giovanni Antonio Fasolo
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Portrait of the Women of the Giusti del Giardino family - Girolamo Forni
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Self Portrait - Marietta Robusti  c. 1580
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Porrait of a Lady with a Dog - Paolo Caliari (Veronese)
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Giovanni Antonio Fasolo, c1560s: Paola Gualdo And Daughters     Vicenza, Museo Civico:

Paola Gualdo And Daughters Laura and Virginia- Giovanni Antonio Fasolo
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Portrait of Caterina di Ferdinando I de' Medici - Tiberio di Tito
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Portrait of the artists sisters and brother - Sofonisba Anguissola
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Portrait of  Cardinal Granvelle's Dwarf - Antonis Mor
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Portrait of a Knight of Calatrava - Frans Pourbus the Elder
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 Portrait of a Man in Armor with Two Pages (Detail) - Paris Bordone
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Portrait of a Boy with Fruit - Mirabello Cavalori
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Giovanni Battista Moroni
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The Daughters of Giovanni II Bentivoglio and Ginevra Sforza - Lorenzo Costa
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Jacopo Bassano Vierge à l'enfant et saints avec le podestat Matteo Soranzo et sa fille Lucia (1536), détail (Lucia), musée de Bassano del Grappa.:
Detail of Madonna in Trono e Santi - Jacopo Bassano
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Invitation to the Dance, by Giovanni Antonio Fasolo (1530-1572), fresco, the east wall of the central hall, Villa Caldogno (UNESCO World Heritage, 1996), Caldogno, Veneto. Detail. Italy, 16th century.
Invitation to the Dance - Giovanni Antonio Fasolo
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******** Portrait of a Girl', 16th or early 17th century. Found in the collection of the Regional A Deineka Art Gallery, Kursk, Russia. Arti...:
Portrait of a Girl', 16th or early 17th century. Found in the collection of the Regional A Deineka Art Gallery, Kursk, Russia. 
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Another new arrival

We have another new arrival in the street.

I think love might be in the air!