Petrarch

Italian (Florentine) School; Petrarch (1304-1374) (Francesco Petrarca); National Trust, Blickling Hall; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/petrarch-13041374-francesco-petrarca-171103

Petrarch, the famous poet and father of the Renaissance, was born on July 20, 1304 in the city of Arezzo, Tuscany, as Francensco Petracco (Petrarca) to Ser Petracco and Eletta Canigaini. He had one brother, Gherardo, whom he was particularly close to as they studied and traveled together along with his closest friend, Giovanni Boccaccio.… Continue reading Petrarch

Iron Crown of Lombardy

Every kingdom has its crown, but not many can claim to have origins dating to biblical times. According to legend, the Iron Crown of Lombardy was forged with a nail from the True Cross. The legend says St. Helena, mother of Constantine, had it created and considering studies show the crown was constructed from two… Continue reading Iron Crown of Lombardy