Kitchen Cabinet Smell Sessions

With art and smell historian Caro Verbeek

11 Mar 2021

How does the smell of nail polish remind of an artwork of Bernini? What story does the smell of laurel tells about Napoleons time? And which role plays the smell of peanut butter in Dutch art history?

During three online sessions, smell and art historian Caro Verbeek will talk about years of art history through smells that you can find in your own kitchen! Watch, listen and smell along! 

Tickets March 11 / Facebook


Collage of napoleon with his favourite perfume - Painting Napoleon:  Napoleon Crossing the Alps   painted by Jacques-Louis David.



Three Thursdays at 15:00, 30 minutes

Session 2 – March 11
The smell of victory / the smell of wars 

Wars are incredibly malodorous with the occasional and very welcome breaths of fresh air. And then of course there is the smell of victory which was a literal smell used in antiquity to honour heroes. We'll also talk about the battle of Waterloo and Napoleons favourite perfume. Collect:

1. Laurel licorice (laurierdrop)/ bayleaves/ laurel leaves
2. Eau de Cologne 4711
3. Rosemary


Kitchen Cabinet Smell Sessions with Caro Verbeek
March 4, 11, and 18 at 15:00
Via Zoom. You will receive the link one hour in advance. 
Tickets full price 3,50 | Artist/student/stadspas 2,50

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