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Art Cooking: Clara Peeters

Updated: Aug 24



This was inspired by Art Assignment's YouTube video on Dutch and Flemish Still Life Painting. They recreated one of the scenes from the still life painting. (video on bottom)


I decided to do something different and make some dishes inspired by one of the paintings. I Googled "public domain bread and cheese painting" . Haha! :) I stumbled across this painting with cherries and artichokes. And I thought: "That's an interesting painting and I could make something with that." :)





https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WLA_lacma_Clara_Peeters_still_life.jpg


I looked up and the painting was by Clara Peeters, who was the best known female Flemish artist of the era.


"Clara Peeters (active 1607–1621) was a Flemish still-life painter from Antwerp who worked in both the Spanish Netherlands and Dutch Republic.[1]

Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels, c. 1615, with the "signed knife", and a reflection of the painter on the rim of the jug lid. Bought by the Mauritshuis in 2012

Peeters is the best-known female Flemish artist of this era and one of the few women artists working professionally in seventeenth-century Europe, despite restrictions on women's access to artistic training and membership in guilds.[2][3] Peeters specialized in still-life paintings with food and was prominent among the artists who shaped the traditions of the Netherlandish ontbijtjes, "breakfast pieces," scenes of food and simple vessels, and banketjes, "banquet pieces" with expensive cups and vessels in precious metals.[4]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Peeters

https://nmwa.org/art/artists/clara-peeters/


Interestingly, the still life may not have just an arrangement of objects, but there was a lot of meaning and the food was thought to represent religious iconography.


There is a very interesting analysis on the painting on csmonitor.com

https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Food/Stir-It-Up/2010/1015/Cheeseboard-with-marinated-artichokes-and-spicy-cherry-chutney#:~:text=Clara%20Peeters%2C%20%27Still%20Life%20with%20Cheeses%2C%20Artichoke%20and,contain%20religious%20iconography%20by%20using%20commonly%20associated%20


Check out Artichoke Dip with Crispy Artihcoke Leaves and Gummy Cherry Cookies. :)


Give it a try! We are good at this!




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