The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed by Elio Sorci on Piazza Trinità dei Monti (in the background, Villa Medici), in Rome (Italy), on October 06, 1959.

Audrey was wearing:

  • Dress: Givenchy (of fine wool, beige background with pied de coq in a shade of light brown, short raglan sleeves, the model presents a false illusion of a two-piece, seams overstitched, buttons of resin in a shade of light brown, liner of beige silk taffeta, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1958).
  • Belt: Givenchy (of brown leather, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1958).

About the Villa Medici

Leo Africanus. De Africae Descriptione Pars Altera. 1632. 

Leo Africanus, born Al-Hassan ibn-Wazzani, was born a slave in Granada of African descent. Because of his outstanding literary ability (he had already written a draft of this book in Arabic when he was captured), the Medici Pope Leo X freed him, converted him to Christianity and became his patron. This book, a detailed account of Africa, its trade routes, geography, terrain and people was an exceptionally important source for information on the continent and is generally considered the first book written by a person of primarily African descent. 

Grand Piano, ca. 1720
Bartolomeo Cristofori (Florence, Italy)

- Materials: Wood and other materials
- Height: 34 in (86.5 cm)
- Other Notes: "The quiet nature of the piano’s birth around 1700, therefore, comes as something of a surprise. The first true piano was invented almost entirely by one man—Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua. A 1700 inventory of Medici instruments mentions an “arpicimbalo,” i.e., an instrument resembling a harpsichord, “newly invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori” with hammers and dampers, two keyboards, and a range of four octaves, C–c’“.  The poet and journalist Scipione Maffei, in his enthusiastic 1711 description, named Cristofori’s instrument a "gravicembalo col piano, e forte” (“harpsichord with soft and loud”), the first time it was called by its eventual name, pianoforte. A contemporary inscription by a Florentine court musician, Federigo Meccoli, notes that the “arpi cimbalo del piano e’ forte” was first made by Cristofori in 1700, giving us a precise birthdate for the piano.“

Source: NY-MetMA

Making Mischief in San Marco

Summary: Ezio disrupts your afternoon plans in favor of a make-out session in the library.
Pairing: Ezio x Reader
A/N: This isn’t smutty, but it’s probably still NSFW. Unless you’re cool with your boss knowing that you enjoy reading stories about making out in a library with an impossibly sexy Italian dude.

“Oh… Ezio,” she moaned as he nipped at her neck.

“Be quiet, bella, we aren’t supposed to be up here,” Ezio warned.

She hadn’t planned for this to happen. She had visited the San Marco library with every intention of reading one of the manuscripts on display, but that was before Ezio found her. 

Instead, Ezio had her pinned against the wall in a staircase and was biting and sucking on the sensitive curve of her neck. She’d tried to stay as quiet as possible, but it was impossible with the way he was carrying on; honestly, it was a miracle that she’d managed to keep her noises to a mere whimper and wasn’t screaming his name through the library’s halls.

Although, she thought, whimpering Ezio’s name over and over in front of the Madonna isn’t much of an improvement.

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anonymous asked:

whats so good about da vinci's demons?

  • leonardo da vinci
  • rlly cool machines
  • girolamo riario
  • medici family
  • africa !!!!!!!!! 
  • leonardo da vinci
  • leonardo da vinci

A volte penso che la dolcezza sia un po’ come il dolore.
Una specie di coltellata,
da guarire.
Dovremmo diventare medici,
e curare le carezze uccise.

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I’m only gonna ask you this once so we are both clear on what you’ve endured tonight. Were you raped?


May 3rd 1469: Niccolò Machiavelli born

On this day in 1469, the Italian thinker Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence. He went on to become a central figure of the Renaissance that coloured Florentine life during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Machiavelli was involved in city politics, especially during the fourteen years when the powerful Medici family were exiled from power when he was a diplomat. Upon their return, Machiavelli was dismissed for his opposition to their rule and thus occupied his time writing what has become considered his magnum opus: The Prince. This book is often considered a kind of handbook for ruthless politicians, as it detailed how one must be prepared to use any means to preserve political power. However, some scholars have suggested that the work was more of a satire than prescriptive guide. Machiavelli died on June 21st 1527, aged fifty-eight, and was buried in the Church of Santa Croce in Florence.

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”


At the sound of the s acristy b e l l, the priests snatched their daggers from their robes. Inexpertly, Maffei placed his hand on L o r e n z o’s shoulder, as though to steady himself or to make sure of his aim. As Lorenzo turned, he felt the dagger’s point against his neck. Maffei lunged forward, and the tip of the dagger cut into the tensed flesh. Lorenzo leapt away, tearing off his cloak as he did so and wrapping it around his arm as a shield. He drew his sword, slashed at the two p r i e s t s who, unnerved by his fast reaction, were beaten back without difficulty. Then he vaulted over the  a l t a r rail and dashed headlong for the new sacristy. G i u l i a n o’s mutilated body was already on the floor.

                               The P a z z i  C o n s p i r a c y, 26  April  1478 { x }