Aging Skin and the ‘Fountain of Youth' in Early Modern Europe:

Artistic Representations, Medical Prescriptions and Popular Treatments

The series Physiology discusses visualisations of physiological constitutions and their role in the genesis, transformation and dissemination of knowledge (including artistic, medical, natural historic, technological) along concrete bodily processes: conceiving/fathering, giving birth/being born, ageing, dying, digesting.

Erin Griffey is Associate Professor of Art History at University of Auckland with an emphasis on early modern visual and material culture. She earned her PhD from Courtauld Institute of Art in London, 2001. She has published on the Stuart court, including On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court (Yale University Press, 2015), and court culture (e.g. Envisioning Self and Status: Self-Representation in the Low Countries 1400-1700, 1999; Henrietta Maria: Piety, Politics and Patronage, 2008; Sartorial Politics at the Early Modern Court: Fashioning Women, 2019) and is editor of Early Modern Court Culture, which will be published in late 2021 with Routledge in the Early Modern Themes series.

Her current research relates to beauty culture in early modern Europe, including a recent article in Renaissance Studies, „The Rose and Lily Queen: Henrietta Maria and the Power of Beauty at the Stuart Court“. She is currently writing a monograph provisionally entitled, Facing Decay: Beauty, Wrinkles and Anti-Aging in Early Modern Europe. This beauty research extends to collaborating with colleagues in Chemistry on the Beautiful Chemistry Project in recreating a selection of early modern cosmetic recipes in the lab and scientifically analysing them. Further information:




Konzept: Romana Sammern

Bildnachweis: Lucas Cranach d, Ä., Der Jungbrunnen, 1546, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Foto: Wikipedia