Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy / Edition 1

Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy / Edition 1

by John Varriano
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University of California Press

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Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy / Edition 1

Fruits and vegetables as erotic metaphors in still life paintings, the Florentine Baptistry replicated in sausage and cheese by Andrea del Sarto, a recipe for fish molded in the shape of a goat, the discovery of an Ovidian scene at the bottom of a soup bowl. A feast for the mind and eye, this beautifully illustrated, compellingly readable book is a rich exploration of the little examined interplay between art and cuisine during the Italian Renaissance. Exploring a dazzling array of art works, and drawing from period recipes and menus, John Varriano considers the many, often surprising, ways that cooks and artists converged and drew from each other's worlds. Among other topics, he considers the significance of culinary images in Renaissance art; traces parallels in the use of ingredients such as eggs and oil in kitchens and in studios; examines centerpieces by artists that were made of food; looks at the emergence of the celebrity cook and celebrity painter; and much more. Woven throughout with the flavors and colors of the era, this book of Renaissance temptations expands our understanding of the traditional boundaries of creative expression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520259041
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: California Studies in Food and Culture Series , #27
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents



Parallels in Food and Art
1. Artists and Cooks
2. Regional Tastes

Images of Food in Art
3. Significant Still Lifes
4. Sacred Suppers
5. Erotic Appetites

Food in the Studio, Art at the Table
6. Eggs, Butter, Lard, and Oil
7. Eating and Erudition
8. Edible Art

List of Illustrations and Credits


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