Pharmacy and perfume

The museum in the Palazzo Mocenigo, in Venice, dedicated to the history of the 18th century, includes two rooms dedicated to the history of perfume. The topic is of great interest to our project, as the same ingredients and technologies were often employed in the making of perfume and of medicines – especially the strong fragrances of animal origin, such as musk, ambergris, civet, and castoreum, but also some of the vegetal ones, like long pepper and anise. The entire museum is fascinating for the richness of its patrimony and for the reconstruction of a period when Venice was the hub of European trade in luxury goods (including spices and exotic goods).