Food and art

Authored by: Travis Nygard

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661


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This chapter discusses food within the discipline of art history. Methodologies of close looking are covered. Theories of iconography, symbolism, and design are discussed in relation to food. Art is considered as a data set useful in the interrogation of food-related social history. The question of whether the display of and debates about images of food can be a factor that causes social change is presented. Practical suggestions are included for undertaking image-related research, finding secondary literature, and securing funding. Ultimately, the chapter presents strategies for treating food and art symbiotically, rather than as two separate bodies of knowledge.

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