THE USE OF PERFUME AS MEDICINE IN RENAISSANCE ITALY
4 March 2021
7 PM (Berlin time)
The Smell Lab, Berlin is happy to host an online presentation and conversation with Rose Byfleet
ABOUT THE EVENT
Rose will be introducing us to the use of perfume as medicine in Renaissance Italy. She will be exploring the practices and beliefs that underpinned its use and the rationale behind some of the favoured fragrances of the period. We will discover why rooms were ‘watered’ with fragranced vinegars, why drinking perfumes was not as crazy as it sounds, and how the brain might be ‘comforted’ through different smells. There is a lot more to perfume in the Renaissance than plague doctors and pomanders.
ABOUT ROSE BYFLEET
Rose read History at Oxford and is in the first year of her Ph.D. at the University of London. Her research focuses on the use of perfume at the Medici Grand Ducal Court in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Florence. She worked for over a decade in the cosmetics and fragrance industry with projects including the global relaunch of Burberry Beauty and more recently, with Lush where her research was behind the Renaissance collection, Spa treatment, and Perfume Library concept store.