A new project connecting art and gastronomy in a museum in Florence

Art and gastronomy meet in Florence. The Uffizi Galleries discovers food in a series of video clips, released every Sunday on the Facebook page of the Museum, in which a well-known character from the food and wine world who is called to interpret a painting from the point of view of the visual arts

Fruits, vegetables, meats, fish come out of their pictorial form and become ingredients of a dish with an artistic aftertaste. Obviously, the genre that best suits the initiative is that of still life.

As you walk through museums, you notice that there is always food on display. There are paintings of food, sculptures of food and even photographs that are made to look like they were taken with a camera.

The role of food in art has changed over time. It used to be a symbol for wealth and status but now it is seen as something that is necessary for the well-being of our society. With the rise in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets, it has become commonplace for people to see as these images as something they see every day.

Still life paintings with food are not as common as they once were. However, they are still a popular genre in art history. The subject of these paintings is a composition of various assortment of vegetables, fruits, and other food items that are still life.


One famous artist who had an affinity for still life paintings was Pieter Claesz. In his painting “A Still Life with Turnips” he depicts a variety of turnips and some fruit on the table.

This painting is valuable not just because it is well executed but because it depicts naturalistic colors and textures which was rare at the time this was painted.


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