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By Anne Leader

On 5 May 2016 at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Leo S. Olschki publishers presented their two-volume work Codice Rustici: un viaggio attraverso la Storia, l’Arte, e la Chiesa della Firenze del XV secolo (The Rustici Codex: a trip across history, art and the church of Florence in the 15th century), edited by Elena Gurrieri with a critical edition of the manuscript by Kathleen Olive and Nerida Newbigin and a collection of interpretive essays by various scholars.

The first volume contains a 568-page facsimile of the manuscript written by the Florentine goldsmith Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici (1393–1457), which he entitled “Dimostrazione dell’andata o viaggio al Santo Sepolcro e al monte Sinai” (Account of the journey or voyage to the Holy Sepulchre and to Mount Sinai). Measuring 32 x 47 centimeters, the facsimile allows readers the opportunity to study each page of this precious manuscript, keeping the original safely preserved for future generations. It is housed at the Biblioteca del Seminario  Arcivescovile Maggiore di Firenze, whose librarian Elena Gurrieri first thought to create a high quality facsimile eighteen years ago. 

The second volume, which can be purchased separately, offers essays by Cristina Acidini, Franco Cardini, Alice Cavinato, Francesco Gurrieri, Simone Martini, Nerida Newbigin, Kathleen Olive, Francesco Salvestrini, and Timothy Verdon. Olive and Newbigin have transcribed and edited Rustici’s text, thus making its tales accessible to those who cannot read fifteenth-century script. Furthermore, the delightful sketches of places real and imagined are reproduced so they can be easily studied and compared to each other.

Thanks to these volumes, we can study and enjoy Rustici’s work not only in Florence at the Seminary Library’s reading room, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, and the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti, but also from Italy to the United States to Australia at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas, Dartmouth College, the Morgan Library, and Monash University. Hopefully many more libraries will purchase the volumes, bringing the extraordinary account of Florence, the spiritual journey of Marco Rustici, and his enchanting sketches of the buildings and sites of Florence and the Holy Land to readers across the globe, something Rustici himself surely could never have imagined.


Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici, Elena Gurrieri, Kathleen Olive, and Nerida Newbigin. Codice rustici: dimostrazione dell'andata o viaggio al Santo Sepolcro e al monte Sinai di Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici. Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2015. 

famous renaissance figures as dril tweets
  • julius ii:please bring your rats to the new castle flea market so that i may bless/heal them. ill be sitting in a lawn chair wearing a stolen priest outfit
  • savonarola:"horny" has killed more people than all the volcanoes on earth combined
  • cesare borgia:dis charged from the army for doing memes too much
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  • lorenzo de' medici:if youre one of the guys who blocked me on here, i Forgive you, and im ready for you to unblock me now.
  • dante alighieri:forced to remove my famous "DANGER: MAY CONTAIN LETHAL LEVELS OF SARCASM !!" sign from the front door of the poolside shed that i live in
  • cosimo de' medici:the first step to becoming a Millionare is to acquire one hundred dollars
  • pico della mirandola:if i saw someon e on the street wearing a dunce cap, i would challenge him to my famous Three Trials of Wisdom, and soundly defeat him
  • rodrigo borgia:i pay good money to load my son's bag with treats, and if Erasmus Infowars Copfucker wants to devour them in the library, so be it
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  • niccolo machiavelli:
  • MYTH my posts are for the Pauper
  • REALITY my posts are for the Prince
  • caravaggio:U cant wear a sword. A sword is not clothes. Yes, A SHeathe, is clothes. The sword goes in the sheath, but that doesnt make it clothes bitch
  • lucrezia borgia:
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  • marsilio ficino:(bowed head solemnly rises from deep thought) Intellidgence is the strength of wisdom

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm going to a renaissance fair this weekend and I was wondering if you have any costume/accessories DIYs. Thank you!

Hope I got back to you fast enough!!!

This was a really fun one to compile! I hope these help you in some way!

DIY Lace Princess Crowns

The easiest one on the list; if you don’t have fabric stiffener, try Mod Podge or just plain white school glue.

DIY Snow Jar Necklace

From the apothecary.

DIY Princess Tiara

A tutorial for an elegant wire tiara for fair lady or lad.

DIY Crystal Ball Jewelry

For the more magically-inclined.

DIY Leather Journal

If you have the time or have prior experience, make this leather journal to jot down the happenings of the renaissance fair.

DIY Fresh Flower Crown

Fresh Flowers + Crown Braid = Flower Crown

DIY Spring Floral Headpiece

Or if you’d like a unique variant of the flower crown, this headpiece ought to do it.


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