How to be a Renaissance Woman

How to be a Renaissance Woman: The Untold History of Beauty and Female Creativity

Art History
Hardback Published on: 03/08/2023
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How to be a Renaissance Woman
A fascinating and insightful reinterpretation of a seminal period for feminism
I will read anything ever written about the Italian Renaissance, but this intriguing book definitely offers a fresh and intriguing spin on one of my favour... READ MORE
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How to be a Renaissance Woman
A fascinating read
A wonderfully intelligent but accessible exploration into what it meant to be a woman in the Renaissance. Burke is clearly empathetic to the plight of ... READ MORE
Hannah Torres


Plunge into the intimate history of cosmetics, and discover how, for centuries, women have turned to make up as a rich source of creativity, community and resistance The Renaissance was an era obsessed with appearances. And beauty culture from the time has left traces that give us a window into an overlooked realm of history - revealing everything from sixteenth-century women's body anxieties to their sophisticated botanical and chemical knowledge. How to be a Renaissance Woman allows us to glimpse the world of the female artists, artisans and businesswomen carving out space for themselves, as well as those who gained power and influence in the cut-throat world of the court. In a vivid exploration of women's lives, Professor Jill Burke invites us to rediscover historical cosmetic recipes and unpack the origins of the beauty ideals that are still with us today.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781788166669
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 595g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 38 mm

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