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The Art of Food


Tue 11 Oct 2016, 9:30am–5:30pm
Wed 12 Oct 2016, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 13 Oct 2016, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 14 Oct 2016, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 15 Oct 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 16 Oct 2016, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Jonathan Grant Galleries, 280 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Jonathan Gooderham

The Art of Food is a celebration of the fine things in life. Art has long depicted sumptuous feasts and carefully arranged fruit bowls. Great chefs often look to art for inspiration and as reference.

Included in this exhibition are paintings by:
- Shen Ming Cun
- Paul Hanrahan
- Steve Harris
- Marcus King
- Piera McArthur
- Francis McCracken
- Peter O’Hagan
- Zarahn Southon
- Bruce Yardley

“From an apple held by the infant Jesus to a fowl indelicately handled by a lusty kitchen maid, food and drink appear in myriad contexts over four centuries of European painting. The practice of depicting food and feasting stretches back through the Middle Ages to ancient Greece and Rome, where banquets and bacchanals were consuming passions celebrated in literature, painting, and mosaics (as in the trompe l’oeil “unswept floor” mosaic from the emperor Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli, littered with fish bones, fruit pits, nutshells and other dining table scraps).

In the fifteenth century, artists took increasing inspiration from the culture of antiquity and from the natural world and began to depict objects such as fruits, sweets, and wine vessels, as well as flora and fauna, in both devotional and secular images. These items allowed the artist to display virtuosic skills of observation and description of color, shape, and texture. They also often carried a symbolic meaning or an allusion to the painting’s subject."

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