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Renaissance Goo

Renaissance Goo

A historian of the body and a soft matter scientist experiment with Renaissance personal care recipes

Category: Project activities

These posts are related to the Renaissance Goo projects monthly discussion group or other activities.

Reading Time: 5 minutes In June 2022, Renaissance Goo and the Kings College London Centre for Early Modern Studies got together to host a workshop called  Ways of Knowing the Early Modern: Experimental Methods and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Sarah Cockram, Hannah Murphy and Jill Burke  brought together representatives from some exciting cross-disciplinary projects that focused on the early modern period. […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes   One cliché about Renaissance make up is that it was generally made of materials that were either poisonous (eg mercury, lead, arsenic) or unpalatable (eg bird droppings, human urine, bats’ blood). This fed into a wide range of artistic and literary tropes that linked beauty to vanity and to death, as in George de […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes   As Adriaen Brouwer’s striking painting The Bitter Potion suggests, sometimes improvement takes a bit of suffering. Is the risk of failure the ‘bitter potion’ of remaking projects? The first recipe the Renaissance Goo project tried – for a mastic and olive oil sunscreen – did not work the way we expected it to, but […]


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