Sunday, December 24, 2017

ART INSPIRED BY FOOD


painted in tempera on stone, around 1495/6 
in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria 
delle Grazie in Milan. It measures 15 feet by 29 feet. 
Historical & biblical records indicate the menu 
may have included bread, wine, fish,
olive oil, honey, dried apricots and figs. 
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STILL LIFE WITH HAM, LOBSTER AND FRUIT
circa 1653 by Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de HEEM.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Heem was the inventor of the “sumptuous” still life, 
this one with rutilant lobster, 
succulently translucent grapes,
 soft, meaty ham and all the beautifully captured 
textures of the peeled orange: 
the juiciness, pithiness and thick, dimpled skin.
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SUMMER, oil on wooden panel 67 x 51cm, 
by Italian artist Giuseppe ARCIMBOLDO in 1563. 
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
With her peachy cheek, cherry lips, peapod teeth, 
artichoke heart and the artist’s signature woven 
into her oaten collar along with the date, 
Summer” is a beautiful and fun food painting.

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ART, FOOD, ARCIMBOLDO, DA VINCI, DE HEEM

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