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The Bath and the Mirror: Body Care and Cosmetics from Antiquity to the Middle Ages



The Bath and the Mirror: Body Care and Cosmetics from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
FRANCE
PARIS  •  Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny  •  Ongoing
 
 
On the occasion of the reopening of the restored frigidarium at the thermal baths of Cluny, the exhibition, "Beautiful like a Roman" proposes a discovery of cosmetics and body care from antiquity to the middle ages. Without neglecting the base of a cultural and hygienic approach to questions relating to the body, the project permits the opening of a dialogue on the representation of self. The methods of representation of beauty are among the first cultural notions put forth by a civilization. Their diffusion is illustrated in its chronological and geographic dimension by the evocation of the commerce of materials and objects. The works, as for them, give us an image of the intellectual and artistic conceptions shared and transmitted by painters and sculptors. In allowing us to see the importation of a Greco-Roman model into the ensemble of the Empire, the cultural and religious transition of the high Middle Ages, the heritage of antiquity in the practice of body care in the Middle ages and the representations of beauty by medieval artists, the exhibition will offer a collection of exceptional works coming from large public European collections.

Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Web Site


Contact: Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny
6, place Paul Painlevé
75005 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 53 73 78 00

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