based in Milan and Venice
Literature student (but mostly aspiring storyteller)
speaks Italian + English + French
"I read, I go to the movies, listen to music — I am just the same as everyone else, only I am always looking for inspiration, looking to create. I am always searching, always on a quest for a beauty, for ideas and a muse to seduce me."
- John Galliano
things I post about
books, sushi, Italy, France, Ireland, obscure European movies, art, Christoph Waltz, Isabelle Huppert, cats, A Song of Ice and Fire, costume history, art, and - oh beware of my tv series obsession.
This 14th century illuminated manuscript detail portrays an interesting concept of an ideal study.
Apart from the, in our eyes, unusual way of stacking books (by the way, here is an interesting article about why we store books the way we do, today), the study houses a number of interesting and peculiar items, including a ptolemian map (a precursor to an atlas or globe, I suppose), an astrolabe, a girdle book, a book stand, an early clock, some glass jars and what looks like a basket of herbs, as well as (of course, this being European Middle Ages) a devotional picture.
To this day, I think a library or a study is not complete without a few such odd gadgets and trinkets.