Heraldry is a fascinating and complex system by which coats of arms are devised and decoded. My familial arms—yes, my family has a coat of arms, and yours may have too—are composed of an intricate grouping of objects, including a… More»
Ferocious drug jar from Santa Maria Nuova, the first hospital in Florence dedicated to focusing on patient care.
You may be wondering, what kind of hospital doesn’t focus on caring for the sick? Well, Middle Ages Florence fell into the trend of having simple city-limits hospices that acted as a kind of B&B service to weary travelers, instead of full hospitals for the sick.
You go Santa Maria Nuova!
Two-Handled “Oak Leaf” Drug Jar, about 1431, Unknown. Tin-glazed earthenware. J. Paul Getty Museum.