Food holds a prominent place in all societies, but what does its place in art tell us? Ancient paintings and other forms of art have been known to have fruits, veggies, and dining as part of the motif. These symbols have actual, explainable reasons for being included, besides the scrumptious factor.
Romans loved to eat and throw lavish parties, but they also “ascribed fruits, nuts, and grains to their gods and goddesses. Grapes were for Bacchus, god of wine, and symbolized revelry and a happy afterlife; wheat was for Ceres, goddess of grain, who embodied virtue and vice,” as per Google’s Arts and Culture.
Gluttony was depicted as vice in paintings, with those participating exhibiting illnesses or death such as the Feast of Dives. “These pictures offer glimpses into past food cultures: they can tell us what kind of food was eaten by different social classes, how it was made, and how it was served and eaten (with forks or with fingers, for instance).”
“The Last Supper is probably the most frequently depicted meal in all of art history. Although the compositional focus remains Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, depictions of the fateful meal always feature symbolic bread and wine. Some theologists believe that the meal took place during Passover, in which case other foods may have been laid out on Jesus’ table, such as stewed beans, olives, dates, fruits, and nuts.”
Couldnt leave this city without a quick peek at this masterpiece. Hidden away in the refectory of a monastery connected to the church of santa maria delle grazie Da Vincis last supper has been carefully restored and entry is strictly controlled to preserve this famous fresco. #davinci #thelastsupper #milano #milan #renaissance #masterpiece
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