Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET


Add some spice to your love life and unravel the mysteries of late medieval aphrodisiacs with food historian and author Ken Albala and Getty manuscripts curator Larisa Grollemond. Delve into the period cookbooks, artworks, and courtly feasting cultures of northern Europe to discover ingredients, recipes, and customs thought to arouse the libido, heighten pleasure, increase potency or, conversely, kill the mood.

Want to enhance your experience? Prepare amorous food and drink for the event using the historical recipes and instructional cooking videos provided, or score big by testing your I.Q. on the aphrodisiacs quiz.

This program is free. Registration required. Courtly dress encouraged! Tag us on @gettymuseum and include #gettymuseum to share your dress or dishes!

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Recipe PDF
Ken Albala making the hippocras recipe
Video: Making Hippocras (Spiced Wine)
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Recipe PDF
Ken Albala making the rosseolle recipe
Video: Making Chiquart's Rosseolle
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Recipe PDF
Ken Albala making the spinach recipe
Video: Making Chiquart's Pureed Spinach

Ken Albala
Ken Albala
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, the Food 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
Larisa Grollemond
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).

The Temperate and the Intemperate (detail)