Of Paint & Powder: Early Modern Beauty & Cosmetics | Newberry

Of Paint & Powder: Early Modern Beauty & Cosmetics

Led by Emilie M. Brinkman
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Four sessions, Saturdays, April 17 - May 8

1 - 3 pm (Central Time)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

This four-session seminar will explore European conceptions of beauty as well as hygiene and cosmetic practices from approximately 1400 to 1800. Discover how pimples were treated, how wigs were worn and cared for, and how contemporary notions of beauty shaped ideas regarding race. Participants will also receive modernized versions of early modern cosmetic recipes to try at home.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

A cultural historian and lecturer, Emilie M. Brinkman holds a PhD in European history from Purdue University. She specializes in the history of British politics, queenship, and fashion.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.