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Beyoncé, Titian and Me: Pleasure, Drunkenness and Power in the Italian Renaissance Nude

9 August 2018

This is adapted from a lecture I gave at the book launch of The Italian Renaissance Nude. Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, 26 June 2018. Still from The Carters, Apeshit. (Beyoncé...

Blade Runner 2049 and the Renaissance Nude

3 November 2017

 I am, perhaps, the only person to see Blade Runner 2049 who was constantly reminded of book 3 of Baldassare Castiglione’s Courtier. It wasn’t the replicants that...

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...