Author: Lisa Kaborycha

Lisa Kaborycha is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Medici Archive Project.
September 13, 2012
ART + CULTURE

Streaming the Renaissance

The irony of my job is not lost on me. As I go to work each day, I make my way on stony streets where it seems, at times, that you can still hear the Guelfs and Ghibellines hurling abuses, and sometimes even projectiles, at one another. From time to
December 11, 2008
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Giving like a Medici

The Medici sent gifts to friends, agents, diplomats and rulers all over Europe, and the objects they sent were highly coveted. Sometimes too highly coveted. In a letter thanking his Medici employers for gifts to his wife, an Italian engineer temporarily working at the German court writes: My wife thanks
November 13, 2008
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Have breasts, will travel.

There were the Grand Duke and Duchess with all their children, the youngest at his wet nurse's breast, happily suckling away.   A courtier, describing a ballet held at the Medici court to the Duchess of Mantua.  February 12, 1619   When Cosimo II and Maria Magdalena went
June 26, 2008
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The crime of the (seventeenth) century.

There is never any shortage of gruesome crimes to occupy the public's imagination. To be termed a ‘crime of the century', however, a murder must have special qualities that make it stand out: a celebrity is involved, the murder is carried out in a particularly grisly manner, the
May 15, 2008
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Diplomacy, Italian style

I have heard you would like to try some cheeses from Pesaro, so I am sending you these as a sample. Let me know if you like them and I'll send more...     When Vladimir Putin calls George Bush, does he ask how the twins are doing? Did
April 17, 2008
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The emperor’s troubles

As far as news from Poland, I regret to inform your highness that things are going very unhappily for us there...all of Lithuania and Prussia are lost to us as well...   We tend to think of our modern world as the first great information age, but already during
January 10, 2008
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The cost of a bella figura

Francesco de’ Medici at the imperial court in Vienna   In 1565, Cosimo I de’Medici sent his son Francesco across the Alps on a very important mission: to meet his 17-year-old bride, Johanna of Austria. This marriage was crucial to Cosimo’s dynastic strategy,