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FOOD IN ART: FROM PREHISTORY TO THE RENAISSANCE. Gillian Riley. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 320 pp. with 239 ills. (227 col.). 26 x 20 cm. ISBN 9781780233628 In English.
Publisher's description: From Giuseppe Arcimboldo's painting of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II as a heap of fruits and vegetables to artists depicting lavish banquets for wealthy patrons, food and art are remarkably intertwined. In this richly illustrated book, Gillian Riley provides fresh insight into how the relationship between humans and food has been portrayed in art from ancient times to the Renaissance. Exploring a myriad of images including hunting scenes depicted in Egyptian Books of Hours and fruit in Roman wall paintings and mosaics, Riley argues that works of art present us with historical information about the preparation and preservation of food that written sources do not--for example, how meat, fish, cheese, and vegetables were dried, salted, and smoked, or how honey was used to conserve fruit. She also examines what these works reveal to us about how animals and plants were raised, cultivated, hunted, harvested, and traded throughout history. Looking at the many connections between food, myth, and religion, she surveys an array of artworks to answer questions such as whether the Golden Apples of the Hesperides were in fact apples or instead quinces or oranges.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean, Europe — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 161070
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