Sounding out Idols

This essay was commissioned for Florian Roithmayr’s Aftercast, a Tender Books publication: Peplos Kore at the Museum of Classical Anthropology in Cambridge In his essay Éloge du maquillage (‘In Praise of Cosmetics’), Charles Baudelaire advocates among other the use of rice-powder designed ‘to rid the complexion of all the blemishes that nature has outrageously strewn there, and to create an abstract unity in the texture and colour of the skin; a unity which, much like that produced by the leotard, instantly assimilates the human being to the statue, that is to say a divine and superior being.‘ For Baudelaire, not only are … Continue reading Sounding out Idols