The Pumilio Child

By Judy McInerney

A dark Renaissance thriller exposing one of history's most depraved secrets

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Rigorous research

First of all continued thanks to all the people who have pledged for The Pumilio Child. I really do appreciate your support.

I am really enjoying my research trip to Mantua. I had the most wonderful guide, an eminent art historian called Lorenzo Bonoldi who tailored a wonderful day specifically around the nine year period when Mantegna was painting the frescos in the Camera degli Sposi. He persuaded the staff at the Palazzo Ducale to take a bas relief out of storage which features Ludovico Gonzaga and his wife Barbara of Brandenburg.  What a privilege! The images show Lorenzo explaining the end images of the bas relief which show the profiles of Ludovico and Barbara.

I can't claim to be completely virtuous though, as I am spending a vast amount of time eating my body weight in delicious pasta. I have so far managed to avoid maccheroni con lo stracotto. I’ll try most things but frankly eating donkey is a step too far, so it won’t be featuring in any pledge menus. And all that Sangiovese won’t drink itself...
 

                          

                          

                                           

                         

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