Author: Stefano DallAglio

Stefano DallAglio is a Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena Fellow at the Medici Archive Project.
October 30, 2008
ART + CULTURE

Florentine football under siege

In the very last day of the year 1544, Bernardo de' Medici, Medicean ambassador to France, wrote a letter to Duke Cosimo I de' Medici about a very special football match played at the French court in Fontainebleau: Yesterday, the most illustrious Dauphin, with thirty Frenchmen played football match against
November 29, 2007
ART + CULTURE

Monkey business

Renaissance Tuscany was notorious for its practical jokes and ‘robust’ physical humour. Examples of complicated deceptions designed to confuse, embarrass or bring someone down a notch or two can be found in the tales of Boccaccio, Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and, of course, in the
July 12, 2007
ART + CULTURE

The spy, the prostitute and the talkative Frenchman

Bartolomeo Concini is reporting to his master, Cosimo I de Medici, from the Florentine military camp outside the besieged city of Siena on April 6, 1554:     Messer Giulio de’ Ricasoli has written to tell me that last night he received information from an old Florentine woman who