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Hungry Eye

Eating, Drinking, and European Culture from Rome to the Renaissance

«<p>Leonard Barkan has written a terrific book that ranges far more widely than one might expect, is impressively learned, and yet is remarkably accessible and often entertaining. . . . One closes the book convinced of the centrality of food and drink in European culture. This is a fine addition to the literature on the history of food that adds depth to the largely narrative histories that have preceded it.</p>"<b>---Rod Phillips, <i>The World of Fine Wine</i></b>»

An enticing history of food and drink in Western art and culture

Eating and drinking can be aesthetic experiences as well as sensory ones. The Hungry Eye takes readers from antiquity to the Renaissance to explore the central role of food and drink in literature, art, philosophy, religion, and statecraft. Les mer
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An enticing history of food and drink in Western art and culture

Eating and drinking can be aesthetic experiences as well as sensory ones. The Hungry Eye takes readers from antiquity to the Renaissance to explore the central role of food and drink in literature, art, philosophy, religion, and statecraft.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Leonard Barkan provides an illuminating meditation on how culture finds expression in what we eat and drink. Plato's Symposium is a timeless philosophical text, one that also describes a drinking party. Salome performed her dance at a banquet where the head of John the Baptist was presented on a platter. Barkan looks at ancient mosaics, Dutch still life, and Venetian Last Suppers. He describes how ancient Rome was a paradise of culinary obsessives, and explains what it meant for the Israelites to dine on manna. He discusses the surprising relationship between Renaissance perspective and dinner parties, and sheds new light on the moment when the risen Christ appears to his disciples hungry for a piece of broiled fish. Readers will browse the pages of the Deipnosophistae-an ancient Greek work in sixteen volumes about a single meal, complete with menus-and gain epicurean insights into such figures as Rabelais and Shakespeare, Leonardo and Vermeer.

A book for anyone who relishes the pleasures of the table, The Hungry Eye is an erudite and uniquely personal look at all the glorious ways that food and drink have transfigured Western arts and high culture.
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Forlag: Princeton University Press
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 328
ISBN: 9780691211466
Format: 27 x 20 cm
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«<p>Leonard Barkan has written a terrific book that ranges far more widely than one might expect, is impressively learned, and yet is remarkably accessible and often entertaining. . . . One closes the book convinced of the centrality of food and drink in European culture. This is a fine addition to the literature on the history of food that adds depth to the largely narrative histories that have preceded it.</p>"<b>---Rod Phillips, <i>The World of Fine Wine</i></b>»

«<i>The Hungry Eye</i> is a food-obsessed frolic through the artwork, writing, and philosophy of hundreds of years of Western history. . . . From the fruits that adorn Renaissance portraits of the Madonna and Child to the platter that carries St. John the Baptist’s head, Barkan parses the past with gusto."<b>---Hyperallergic, <i>Lauren Moya Ford</i></b>»

«<p>Sumptuous, eminently absorbing, delectably erudite and cornucopian. . . . [<i>The Hungry Eye</i>] is a beautifully personal, resonantly learned, beguilingly written chronicle of how food, throughout the centuries, has brought the <i>via contemplativa</i> and the <i>via activa</i> together. . . . A feast for the eyes and for the mind.</p>"<b>---Mika Provata-Carlone, <i>Bookanista</i></b>»

«It's unusual to have a culinary history that is also highly recommended for arts holdings; but <i>The Hungry Eye</i> is a feast of mind and eye that holds much food for thought for scholarly audiences interested in a different approach to food and drink's importance in human affairs.»

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«A foundational text of Food Studies. . . . This book does for food in art and literature what Sidney Mintz did for food and global politics in <i>Sweetness and Power</i>. It should be right up there with Mintz’s book as a foundational text of Food Studies. . . . Everyone interested in Food Studies as a discipline, food in art, and anything having to do with food and culture will want to read this book—for its ideas, its gorgeousness, and for sheer pleasure."<b>---Marion Nestle, <i>Food Politics</i></b>»

Leonard Barkan is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. His books include Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures (Princeton), Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture, and Satyr Square: A Year, a Life in Rome. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Twitter @LeonardBarkan