Symbols in Renaissance Art: Coral

Often more subtly placed in paintings, coral was quite popular among Renaissance elites. Not only were the shells exotic and expensive, but the vibrant red hue symbolized significant religious and secular beliefs. In some Madonna and child scenes coral can be found strung above the figures or worn by the infant Christ as a necklace, foreshadowing the Passion. The precious stone was thought to have mystical qualities and beaded necklaces were gifted to children as protective amulets (it also doubled as a teething toy). For women, the brightly colored beads symbolized their fertility and vitality. 

A Time To Keep Silence... the return?

Alright, so the bloody amazing Elizabethan AU is almost finished on AO3 … it’s had the second most book marks of anything I’ve written, it’s in my top 10 of hits. It’s had the most subscribers I’ve ever had (don’t anyone get excited we’re talking tiny, but HUGE for me!! I’m so grateful to everyone who came by to read). And, well, I’m thinking of taking Will and Hannibal abroad, maybe two or three years into their relationship. I’d set it 125 years earlier (don’t worry about the logistics I’ll do that bit) with some of the same characters (Meg, Lana, Matthew, Herralt, The Grand Duke, H&W, Reba) in Renaissance Florence - the Medici, the Pazzi Conspiracy (YES that Pazzi), the fuckin amazing art (can you spell Botticelli? How about Savonarola?), the scandal, the background of the Borgia. The architecture (drooling over Brunelleschi), the politics, (Nicolo Machiavelli) you get the idea? What I want to know is if there is the appetite for it? There’ll be thrills, spills, Renaissance nsfw, a central mystery suspense thing, some cliffhangers, awesome dialogue etc. Those of you who’ve read the current one will know what I mean. Bit of Italian too (my dad’s bilingual but it won’t be the nsfw bits! He’s nearly 90 no heart attacks for him). It’ll be about the same length (I’m lying, the current one is just over 50,000 words - what a week it’s been! If you be kept up you’re awesome, if you haven’t oh my god you’ve got something for the weekend! And next week too!) I think it’ll be longer? Maybe 100,000 or so, twelve chapters plus an epilogue at a guess? Of course I have tie porn, murder dance, I accidentally slept with Hannibal last week, Dr Plushy Pants, SadDogs 3 and 4, and Murder Husband BB, and Mr Zeller and Dr Price and the Curse of the Mummy to do too. But I thought it worth checking. (Oh there’s another long one in there but I’m keeping that one to myself right now cos, you know. Sanity). I’ve a good handle on Renaissance Italy. So it wouldn’t take too much work? And the rest I’ll make up on the fly. So, dear friends, I ask you truly, should they travel forth in doublet, hose, and courage?

Originally posted by bimercury

Sonnet CIV

To me, fair friend, you never can be old,

For as you were when first your eye I eyed,

Such seems your beauty still. Three winters cold

Have from the forests shook three summer’s pride,

Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned

In process of the seasons have I seen,

Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned,

Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.

Ah, yet doth beauty, like a dial hand,

Steal from his figure, and no pace perceived ;

So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand,

Hath motion, and mine eye may be deceived ;

For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred :

Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead.