Of Cauliflower and Crayfish: The High Art of Dining in 18th-Century France
The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
In mid-18th-century France, decorative sculptural elements on many luxurious serving vessels and tablewares actually portrayed, quite naturalistically, ingredients of the food contained within. Identifiable representations of vegetables, fish, and game can be compared to the recipes from period cookbooks. Charissa Bremer-David, curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Getty Museum, discusses the naturalism of these miniature sculptures and how they reflected the broader interests of the Enlightenment as well as the latest culinary developments. Discover how these visualizations were meant to awaken and enhance the palate. This talk, part of the Tracey Albainy Lecture Series, commemorates the life and career of Tracey Albainy, a specialist of European silver and ceramics.
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