Cosmetics Study Event 17-18 March 2011

This is a record of the events held in Edinburgh 17-18th March 2011. We will add links to audio files of each talk as soon as possible. More photographs and notes about the cosmetics we made at the event can be found on the Cosmetics Recipes and Cosmetics Workshop pages.

Making Up the Renaissance: Public Lecture

Evelyn Welch (Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, London)
Painted Faces in Renaissance Europe

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Scotland

Friday 18 March 2011, 9.15am-5.30pm
Making Up the Renaissance: Study Day

Education room and lecture theatre, National Gallery of Scotlan

9.15am Welcome

9.30-11 Cosmetics, Women’s Agency and the English Renaissance Stage
Chaired by James Loxley (Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Edinburgh)
Farah-Karim Cooper
(Head of Courses and Research, Shakespeare’s Globe)
Painting and Performance on the English Renaissance Stage

Patricia Phillippy
(Professor of English Literature, Kingston University)
Chaste Painting: Elizabeth Russell and Female Sovereignty

Discussion followed by coffee

11.30-12.30 The Culture of Cosmetics in Renaissance Italy
Chaired by Sarah Cockram (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, History, University of Edinburgh)
Jill Burke
(Senior Lecturer, History of Art, University of Edinburgh)
Truth, Beauty and Troublesome Hairs:  Painting and Body Image in Renaissance Italy

Jacqueline Spicer
(PhD Candidate, University of Edinburgh)
Caterina Sforza: Keeping Up Appearances

Followed by lunch (not provided)

2-5 The Renaissance Makeover
Anna Canning (Herbalist, Floramedica)
An Exploration of Renaissance Cosmetics: Materials, Processes and Effects

2.30-4.30 A cosmetics workshop led by Anna Canning with Sally Pointer, where participants will learn how to make renaissance cosmetics based a selection of Caterina Sforza’s recipes

Followed by coffee

4.30-5 What have we learned?
A roundtable discussion, chaired by Patricia Allerston (Head of Education, National Galleries of Scotland)

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and supported by the University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland.


2 Responses to Cosmetics Study Event 17-18 March 2011

  1. samantha says:

    did they wear dark or light colors

    • jburke says:

      Hi, they wore a combination of very pale makeup over the face with rosy pink cheeks and lips. I haven’t seen any evidence of eye make up at all in this period, though they certainly did pluck their eyebrows and their hairlines.

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