The great Dutch still lifes of the 16 and 17th centuries are a wonderful insight into what people were eating and drinking long ago.
Also you get to see what tableware,cutlery and glassware was around. Sometimes cooking utensils and other culinary equipment.
As a cook I find it a fascinating view of the history of food.
Click here to see some of the still lifes of the Rijksmuseum.
In it you will find recipes and histories of old and new vegetables, from Cardoons to Aubergines..
The cover is from a painting in Arles, called Cuisine Provençale, and the vegetables are: artichokes,leek,onion,carrot,cabbage,swiss chard and cabbage.Today a painting called Cuisine Provençal would probably not have these vegetables at all. Today all the vegetables associated with provençe would be from from the New World. The Americas, and Asia (not really new world) .The painting would be of peppers, tomatoes ,courgettes and aubergines.
The Impressionists including Manet and Renoir, often had picnics and still lifes in their paintings.
More examples of food in painting.