Spiritual Makeup: Religion and Cosmetics (Religion in American History Blog Post)
October 15, 2014
For early Americans and Europeans alike, cosmetics carried spiritual and moral messages. In this post I look to three examples of the use of cosmetics for self portraiture by one of the most famous and admired nineteenth-century Jewish women, Rebecca Gratz (above left). I then briefly address how cosmetics continue to be an issue of Jewish law and practice for orthodox women today. To read more, check out my post on the Religion in American History blog.