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Healthy Homes, Healthy Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

Posted on 04/08/2010
Professor Sandra Cavallo has been awarded a three-year research grant by the Wellcome Trust to deveolop the project “Healthy Homes, Healthy Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy”. The project, run in collaboration with material culture expert Dr Marta Ajmar-Wollheim (Victoria and Albert Museum) and with gender historian Dr Tessa Storey, aims to uncover the place that the maintenance of health occupied in the domestic culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy.  Through an in-depth analysis of vernacular health advice literature and the study of sources such as architect treatises, household inventories, visual representations of the home and museum artefacts the team will explore how medical ideas and health concerns influenced the physical appearance and material culture of the home, and its daily management. The study thus extends to the past current concerns about the quality of the environment by exploring contemporary understandings of what constituted a healthy domestic interior. More details can be found on the project website.


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