Unusual Exhibition Opening at Nin Antique Museum

Lauren Simmonds

Nin is set to showcase just how Roman women went about their days, and what efforts they put into looking good…

As eZadar writes on the 23rd of August, 2018, the author of the upcoming Nin exhibition is Dr. Sc. Kornelija A. Giunio, and this exhibition itself was first presented to the public back in 2016 when it was opened in the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, where it attracted great interest of both local and foreign visitors and was very well visited.

Cosmetics, that is, the timeless beauty supplies designed to enhance the body and particularly the face, is an ancient practice not only solely with women in mind, but this exhibition has its feet firmly in the world of the female, with one particular type of woman of old Rome, those who came from from richer and more respectable families in mind above all.

The word medicamina refers to all cosmetic products intended to preserve beauty, and this was typically the type of makeup that all women and girls of the time had to learn to properly handle. As the mighty and formidable Roman Empire spread its powers across Europe, Roman women had an undeniable influence on the ideas of the Greek-Hellenistic world, and futher afield still.

During the times of the former glory of the Roman Empire, cosmetics were regarded as a very important part of hygiene. In additon to the regular washing and cleansing of the body combined with some sort of regular exercise, which contributed to the maintenance of health, the preservation of beauty was equally highly valued. Such makeup was used not only by women, but also by Roman men.

Nin’s antique museum will showcase some items associated with the Roman beauty ideal, these include combs for hair, mirrors, perfumes, various skin creams, as well as different types of fats and oils which were once used for preventing wrinkles and covering imperfections such as scars, spots and the like. The exhibition will follows the daily routine of Roman women and their everyday efforts which were put solely into remaining youthful and attractive.

The exhibition is set to open its doors at the aforementioned museum in Nin on the 28th of August, 2018, at 20:00.


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