A Renaissance Dream Banquet
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Place, Taste, and Sustenance: The Social Spaces of Food an Agriculture
Boston University, Boston, MA
June 7-11, 2006
Date of Presentation
Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Strife of Love in a Dream) of 1499 is a bizarre architectural-erotic fantasy whose imagery has often perplexed commentators. One particular banquet scene has defied scrutiny. This paper decodes the meal as a typical Renaissance banquet, as harmonious and balanced as any painting or edifice, yet offering an image of divine feeding. The flavors, ingredients and meal structure all reflect current culinary aesthetics as well as Neo-Platonic love theory, occult symbolism and humoral medicine.
A Renaissance Dream Banquet.
Paper presented at Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Place, Taste, and Sustenance: The Social Spaces of Food an Agriculture in Boston University, Boston, MA.