Getty Museum Presents Love Lust and Libido – Virtual Valentine's Day Event
Join us Sunday, February 14, 2021, for Love Lust and Libido : Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe, a live webinar with food historian and author Ken Albala and Getty manuscripts curator Larisa Grollemond as they unravel the mysteries late Medieval aphrodisiacs.
Add some spice to your Valentine’s Day and delve into French herbal lore, folk medicine, and court customs to discover foods and conventions thought to arouse the libido, heighten pleasure, increase potency or, conversely, kill the mood.
Want to enhance your experience? Prepare amorous food and drink using the period recipes provided and watch Ken’s cooking demonstrations. Then test your aphrodisiacs IQ and score big on our Valentine quiz.
Courtly dress encouraged! Tag us on @gettymuseum and include #gettymuseum to share your dress or dishes
Admission is free register here! – More information about the hosts below.
Sunday February 14th, 2021 – 2:00p PT
Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and has authored or edited 26 books on food including Eating Right in the Renaissance, Food in Early Modern Europe, Cooking in Europe 1250-1650, The Banquet, Beans(winner 2008 IACP Jane Grigson Award), The Lost Art of Real Cooking, The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home, and Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession. Forthcoming is Gelatin: Past and Futurate Professor Cooks Breakfast. He has served as editor for A Cultural History of Food: The Renaissance, theFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, The Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues, and was series editor of Rowman and Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy for which wrote Three World Cuisines(winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards best foreign cuisine book in the world for 2012). His courses Food: A Cultural Culinary History and Cooking Across the Ages are available from the Great Courses and Audible as well as a History of Bourbon on Audible.
Larisa Grollemond is Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Getty Museum. She earned her PhD in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, with a dissertation on the ideological uses of the illuminated manuscript as a nostalgic medium for late 15th-century French patrons. Her research areas include late medieval and Renaissance French illuminated manuscripts and paintings, multimedia 15th-century visual culture, early printing, materiality, royal patronage of the arts, and modern medievalisms. Her recent exhibition projects include All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court(2018),Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World(2019), and Blurring the Line: Manuscripts in the Age of Print(2019).