Portrait

Under the sign of Virgo

Apr 3rd, 2017 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Under the sign of Virgo

The medieval Woman, in her role as wife, is the protagonist of four different scenes out of the twelve months of the Main Fountain carved in 1278 by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano. There is no doubt of her identity as uxor (wife) because the Latin word is clearly written in letters above each of the [...]



Hairdressers and prostitutes in the Middle Ages

Jan 11th, 2016 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Hairdressers and prostitutes in the Middle Ages

The term lavatrice di capeta (hair washer)  referred to what we would now call a hairdresser for ladies and gentlemen in the Middle Ages.
It was a perfectly respectable profession that was nonetheless frowned upon by late medieval society.
Taking care of hairstyles for gentlemen was in fact considered so intimate and promiscuous as an activity, that [...]



The Sacred Spring on the Etruscan Sarcophagus

Apr 4th, 2015 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The Sacred Spring on the Etruscan Sarcophagus

In the Archaeological Museum of Perugia we can admire one of the most fascinating pieces in Perugia’s Etruscan collection: the  so-called “Sarcophagus dello Sperandio”, done in pietra fetida (limestone typical of Chiusi), which dates back to the Etruscan archaic age and which takes its name from the  place where it was found in 1843.
The funeral [...]



The legend of St. George

Apr 16th, 2014 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The legend of St. George

The legend of St. George, the holy knight who rescued the princess from the terrible dragon that threatened her, gave birth to a famous subject that was widespread within the figurative arts during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The scene of the dragon slayer versus the mythical monster represents the Catholic belief in Christ’s triumph [...]



Isis, a mother goddess for all humanity

May 18th, 2011 | author Ambra Antonelli
Isis, a mother goddess for all humanity

Book XI of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, or “The Golden Ass,” begins in the obscure silence of the night, with the moon rising from the sea in its unabashed fullness. Thus opens a fundamental chapter for the understanding of the cult of Isis.
“…video praemicantis lunae candore nimio completum orbem commodum marinis emergentem fluctibus. Nanctusque opacae noctis silentiosa [...]