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Food and Feasting in Art

ISBN-10: 0892369140
ISBN-13: 9780892369140
Edition: 2008
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Description: The book describes the significance of food and feasts as told in Scripture and in the lives of the saints; food and dining in Greek and Roman mythology and in later literature and history; and how artists through the ages have created allegories of  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

The book describes the significance of food and feasts as told in Scripture and in the lives of the saints; food and dining in Greek and Roman mythology and in later literature and history; and how artists through the ages have created allegories of gluttony and odes to the sense of taste, using, for example, artfully positioned fruits and vegetables in the golden age of the still-life genre in painting. Also discussed is the role of table settings in relation to such ceremonies as formal dinners and royal banquets. Lastly, a close-up look at the symbolic meanings of individual foods and drinks--from the artichoke, also known as "domestic thistle," to Champagne, from chili peppers to absinthe--reveals a figurative language well known to artists of the time but perhaps forgotten by contemporary diners.

Food in the Figurative Context
From Allegory to Still Life
The Places and Rituals of Dining
Food and Drink
The Dining Table and Its Furnishings
General Index
Index of Artists

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