Weekend course
Beauty and Cosmetics: 1500-1900

Saturday 25 January 2020 - Sunday 26 January 2020

  • Saturday 25 January 2020 - Sunday 26 January 2020

  • Seminar Room 1, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Explore the pursuit of beauty and the sometimes deadly art of make-up. Examining paints, powders, brushes and pencils, you will discover how women and men across society reconstructed their appearance throughout the early modern period.

Read more
Barbara Lasic

Course Leader Barbara Lasic

Barbara is a Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Buckingham where she directs the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, and the MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting. She is a regular Consultant Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Barbara is a very engaging speaker, she makes the subject very approachable Previous Course Student

Course Overview

Drawing on lavish examples from the V&A’s own collections, the course will examine our ongoing fascination for physical beauty, and our often complex and ambiguous relationship with cosmetics. Some of the themes covered by the course will include the conceptualization of early modern standards of physical beauty, beautification rituals and their links with sexuality, as well as the satirical depictions of the use of cosmetics, and the religious, political and social opposition to their consumption.


Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

Enrol Now

Weekend course: Beauty and Cosmetics: 1500-1900

25 January 2020 - 26 January 2020

£147.00 - £195.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)