Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy (California Studies in Food and Culture)

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  • 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.
  • Author:
    John Varriano
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641.013
    EAN:
    9780520259041
    Edition:
    1
    ISBN:
    0520259041
    Label:
    University of California Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $29.95
    Manufacturer:
    University of California Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    280
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2009-11-01
    Publisher:
    University of California Press
    Studio:
    University of California Press
    Title:
    Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy (California Studies in Food and Culture)

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