An Tir Schedule 2019

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Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon.

 

EVENTS (Click the links below to be taken to the Facebook event page)

June Faire (June 8, 2019)

An Tir West War (July 3-6, 2019)

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Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars

The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually, where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time. 

Gulf Wars XXVI of 2017 was spectacular! The Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon is already planning ahead for March of 2018 for Gulf Wars XXVII. Our department head for 2018 is Madame Cynthia du Pont. Our deputy is Maestra Giata Alberti. Our Ambassadors are Gwlados Vachan wreic Wymark, and Justina di Silvestri. Duke Brian Wilson, Sir Neil Grey, and Baron Luciano di Giovanni are our sponsoring partners and their household, Argent Lion, provides support all week. 

Our past Ca’ d’Oro Salons have had a slew of living history activities:

  • Bocce Ball Tournament
  • 15th Century Cooking Demo
  • Historical Cosmetics Demo

We had a main period pavilion and a second period pavilion provided by Duke Brian Wilson, set up by Argent Lion members, and appointed by Baron Luciano di Giovanni.

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We had an amazing bocce ball tournament (and next year will have an Inter-Kingdom tournament with entrants from each Kingdom chosen by their Sovereign Majesties. 

We had wine and refreshments for passerby who wanted to relax and socialize. We also enjoyed hosting Cynthia du Pont‘s enchanted ground in the evenings.

 

 

Roman coiffure was done by Domina Jael Ben Ari.

 

Period cosmetic instruction was given by Evanne Floyd.

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Our period lunch potluck on Thursday was a hit.

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Musicians stopped by to play for us intermittently throughout the day, and bardic circles were held each night. 

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At our Italian Social on Friday we met, ate, drank, stargazed, gathered around a fire and had the lovely Hextilda Corbett give us a lesson on the constellations, and then processed together to the Known World Party.

 

It was a beautiful week. Join us next Gulf Wars. We welcome all who would like to sojourn and learn about the arts and sciences of post 13th-century Europe in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers gathered to pass the time. 

Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars

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The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually, where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time. 

Gulf Wars XXVI of 2017 was spectacular! The Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon is already planning ahead for March of 2018 for Gulf Wars XXVII. Our department head for 2018 is Madame Cynthia du Pont. Our deputy is Maestra Giata Alberti. Our Ambassadors are Gwlados Vachan wreic Wymark, and Justina di Silvestri. Duke Brian Wilson, Sir Neil Grey, and Baron Luciano di Giovanni are our sponsoring partners and their household, Argent Lion, provides support all week. 

Our past Ca’ d’Oro Salons have had a slew of living history activities:

We had a 15th century cooking demonstration done by Gretchen Allen Johns…

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Money in Leonardo’s time

Money, money, money…

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The florin of Florence, 3.5g of gold. Used all over Europe by 1300. The florin of Florence, 3.5g of gold, used all over Europe by 1300, what Grimm fairy tales call a piece of gold.

Leonardo da Vinci mentions money and prices in his notebooks, almost in passing. He tells how much he paid gravediggers, for instance, and how much it costs to have your fortune told.

Leonardo counted money in lire, soldi and dinari:

  • 1 lire = 20 soldi
  • 1 soldo = 12 dinari

It is one soldo, two soldi.

Like the English pound, shilling and pence, these come from the Roman system of of libra, solidus and denarius. But the money in Italy lost its value far more quickly than in England so that by Leonardo’s time the soldi had pretty much the same value as Shakespeare’s penny.

The coins that Leonardo mentions (with their rough value in metric pennies, which have 0.5 grams of silver):

  • ducat (120)
  • florin (120)
  • Rhenish…

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Sonetti Lussuriosi di Pietro Aretino

Excerpts from a lovely book on Florence and the Sonnets of Pietro Aretino:

“This was Mama’s city, her spiritual home, the place where it all began: Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo, the Medici…, the cradle of the Renaissance, the discovery of the world and of man.”

“I I were to describe and ideal day, it would be this: up early and out for fresh bread and fruit, drink caffelatte with Sandro, boiled egg for me, say good-bye to Sandro; work on the Aretino until noon (wash and clean every page, mend every tear, pare down leather), salami and cheese and pane toscano for lunch, with maybe a small glass of Chianti; lie down on my back for an hour and relax until my mind becomes perfectly calm, like the smooth surface of a pond, so that it can reflect divine radiance; resume work; take a long walk with no destination in mind; sit on an orange crate by window and watch piazza until Sandro comes home; mess around, go out to dinner, talk about the day’s work, come home… read, sleep.”

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“According to art historian Giorgio Vasari, Giulio Romano, Raphael’s greatest pupil employed Marcantonio Raimondi to make a series of engravings of sixteen erotic drawings, sometimes known as the Sixteen Pleasures, and Pietro Aretino made matters worse by writing a sequence of indecent sonnets to accompany the engravings… the engravings were mentioned in Ariosto’s Supposti (1526) but were originally published in 1523.”

Gulf Wars XXIV Was Amazing!!

I cannot say “grazie” enough to express my gratitude to the teachers, chefs, and attendees of Gulf Wars XXIV classes and events at Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon. In this case I think the best way to really show how I feel is to throw myself into planning for Gulf Wars XXV!!

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I know it’s early, but the early bird catches the worm. Before your dance cards fill up for the goings on of such a monumental year (the 25th)  I want you to pencil the Salon in. Let me share my ideas with you here.

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Enchanted Ground Class by Madame du Pont

 

First, I think for next year we need a dedicated class space and a separate “salon” space. I hope that the event can provide a small garage type tent for the classes and allow the period pavilion and fly to remain open for gaming, tinkering with herbs and perfumes, music (I do hope Madame du Pont returns with her lute and recorder!), and refreshments (instead of just one period lunch I plan to have period refreshments for lunch on Thursday and Friday). I’d also like to invite the Krewe of Jeanne d’Arc from New Orleans over on Friday to participate in “French Day”. The Italian Personae social was a great way to end Friday, and the group walked over to the Known World Party together… which seems like a nice tradition to continue. For those who want to teach classes you’ll simply use the Artisan’s Row class scheduler form which is linked to from the http://www.gulfwars.org site.

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Italian Period Lunch Feast Prepared by Mistresses Maymunah and Theresa

 

Summary:

  • Request a small garage tent to house two tables and chairs for classes
  • Provide the Regent & 2 Flys for period seating, decor (tapestries, lanterns, banners), to remain open during the day for hosting open artist’s solar hours, gaming hours, and enchanted ground hours.
  • Appoint an Assistant for the Salon
  • Provide period refreshments for Accademia del Giglio d’Oro members throughout the week
  • Court teachers for post 1066 (and especially post 1400) classes/demos
  • Work with the Krewe of Jeanne d’Arc to arrange classes and a social
  • Plan the Italian Personae Social for Friday at 5pm
  • Charm the talented artisans of the Known World for donated period seating and lighting 🙂
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The “Tudoring” Class taught by Master Nicolas 🙂