Life in the late 14th Century

Tuscan artist Cennino Cennini lived in the late 1300’s/early 1400’s. None of his paintings survive, but his notebooks and recipes do. Here’s one for a fine plaster:

Take bone from the second joints and wings of fowls, or of a capon, and the older they are the better. Just as you find them under the dining-table, put them in the fire; and when you see that they have turned whiter than ashes…

What I find interesting is not so much his production methods as his inadvertant description of what a typical dining room floor of the period might look like. Presumably there were rushes and so forth, changed seasonally, to give the chicken bone collection a more rustic look.

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One Response to “Life in the late 14th Century”

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