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An Enticing Taste of the Past Art in Food and Food in Art
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An Enticing Taste of the Past Art in Food and Food in Art

(Peter G. Rose) The Low Countries - 2005, № 13, pp. 21-29

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The author chose a small sampling of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings from collections in the Netherlands and America that demonstrate how these artworks give an insight into seventeenth-century Dutch food practices and bring a new understanding of the colonial diet. Many wonder about the hidden implications of these ‘food and kitchen paintings'. Some art historians find religious and other meanings, based on study of period literature; others feel that more attention should be directed to the techniques and beauty and the paintings should be enjoyed for what they are, exquisite works of art. Rose approaches them in a very pragmatic way and sees them as visual documents, which, in addition to their beauty, also give us insight into aspects of seventeenth-century daily life, not only in the Netherlands, but in New Netherland as well, thereby affording us an intriguing and enticing taste of the past.

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