Silks, spices, ivories, gemstones – the European lust for luxury goods expanded when the Crusades opened up trade routes that brought exciting (and expensive) new materials flooding into European markets. Colonialism intensified and expanded the taste for imported goods as various monarchs and merchants sought to dominate the sources of luxury materials.
From chocolate to calico, damask to diamonds, April Jehan Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at Hood College, will explore how the desire for many of our favorite luxuries was born out of these periods of conflict, and how these histories continue to shape aspects of our contemporary global economy.
The program will be accompanied by a tasting of whiskey from McClintock Distillery.
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