Summary and Info
Farah Karim-Cooper examines women's cosmetic practices and the staging of painted beauty in Shakespearean and Renaissance drama. The only in-depth study of cosmetic culture and its visual representation on the Renaissance stage, this volume details the ingredients, methods, and materials used in manufacturing cosmetics, including numerous cosmetic recipes, and how the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries dramatize the cultural preoccupation with cosmetics. Karim-Cooper identifies a 'culture of cosmetics' and describes its visualization on the Renaissance stage. She also investigates cosmetic recipes and their relationship to drama and to the construction of early modern identities.