First of all, thanks to all of you who have been reading Before the Art. I’ve just passed my first birthday with the blog and I’ve learned so much and encountered some amazing minds. Whether you’re a guest writer or a casual reader, thank you!
Recently I wrapped up my “mini-series” on art history and science. Now it’s time for another cross-disciplinary closer look.
Over the next few months I will be exploring art history and food.
You’ve probably noticed similarities between the two subjects in everyday life.
For example, has anyone ever told you that art nourishes the soul (or something along those lines)? Not only is great art supposed to be in some way satisfying, those who appreciate it are considered tasteful.
And even the casual viewer of MasterChef will know that the presentation of food – how it looks on the plate – is almost as important as how it tastes.
Food has long been a subject of artistic effort. Often food, from bread and wine to gourds and hamburgers can be deeply symbolic. It can signify religion, ritual, sexuality, wealth mortality and personal identity.
However, often food is often simply itself. Fruit is added to give colour, texture, form and depth to an image. Drink is used to demonstrate artistic skill by representing liquid in paint.
There are a lot of great resources out there on the subject now, so if you can’t wait for me to get started, go have a look around for yourself.
As is often the case the Met Museum website has a rich and varied section on Food and Feasting. The blog Feasting on Art is all about food and art history and is beautiful. Not only does it make great use of images it also has plenty of recipes to try. Another website, The FOOD Museum, is still fairly new, but already some interesting stuff on it, including and beyond the art historical.
If you interested in contributing to Before the Art, let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll have a chat. Otherwise, just keep an eye out for a series of five posts on the history of art, of food and of their long relationship together.