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How to Get Breasts like Apples: Beauty Tips for the Early Modern Woman

18 August 2017

Peter Paul Rubens, Judgment of Paris. 1638-9. Madrid, Prado. On 27 February 1639 King Philip IV of Spain received a letter from his brother Ferdinand about Rubens’ Judgement...

More body hair removal tips for the Renaissance woman

13 March 2014

I couldn’t resist sharing these thoughts on body hair removal from a  Venetian 1562 advice book for women that I stumbled across yesterday (apparently written by a “Greek...

Call for Papers, RSA 2014: Skin, Fur and Hairs: Animality and Tactility in Renaissance Europe

30 April 2013

Titian, Woman in a Fur Coat.1535. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. For Renaissance Europeans, animal fur was a desirable but complex material.  It was a high status commodity, lining...

How to see people naked in Renaissance Italy

28 February 2013

How to see naked men\nSeeing naked or near-naked men in the Renaissance does not seem to have been very difficult. I should point out that looking at naked people is not, necessarily,...