Monday, March 1, 2021

Fleeting – Scents in Colour ■ Mauritshuis Museum

Have you ever wondered what an Amsterdam canal smelled like 400 years ago? It would have been pretty grim: excrement, waste materials and all kinds of filth were dumped into the water. The same water that poorer housewives then did their laundry in. Personal and general hygiene were far from what they are today. People were convinced that foul smells could harm their health. Luckily there were all kinds of tricks for disguising unpleasant smells and situations. Wealthy women carried a pomander on a chain, then an expensive fashion accessory. As well as looking good, this also meant they could also protect themselves against dangerous odours.

Special about the exhibition Fleeting – Scents in Colour is a voyage of discovery via the various scent dispensers to scents from bygone times that are depicted in the paintings. A clean linen cupboard, bleaching fields, ambergris, myrrh and of course the foul-smelling canals. You can also have this unique experience at home with the fragrance box that will soon be available in our webshop! The fragrance box is part of the digital tour of the exhibition which you can watch any time when it suits you.

For more info, see the site.
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