The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals - the exhibition catalogue from The Getty Research Institute available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

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'a rollicking look at the towering sugar sculptures, wine fountains and bread-covered pavilions that popularized European street festivals and papal dinner parties during the Baroque era' - Wall Street Journal

A richly illustrated book about the elaborate food sculptures and floats in early modern Europe.

This jolly and beautiful exhibition catalogue published to accompany an exhibition at the Getty Research Institute looks at the elaborate food architecture, sculpture, and floats that were designed for celebrations in early modern Europe.

Drawing from cookbooks, souvenir booklets and royal accounts The Edible Monument features a panoply of sugary confections designed for conspicuous consumption—from tiny sugar figures of gods given after the meal as party favours to 45-foot-tall sugary palm trees.

Accessibly written, well-documented, and generously illustrated, the book takes us through how food was prepared, depicted, and served to express political goals or accomplishments.

The perfect gift for a foodie.

  • Author: Marcia Read, Chief Curator, Getty Research Institute
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: November 2015
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1606064542
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 23.5 x 2.1 cm

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