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Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe

Dentist / Jan van der Bruggen
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The sweet tooth of European royalty and its rotten consequences. More»

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Comestibles—With a Side of Comedy—in Medieval and Renaissance Theater

The Arsehole delivers an ultimatum to The Man and his Senses
Photo courtesy of and © Sharon King

Gluttony, tall tales, and raunchy humor on the classical stage. More»

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Also posted in Photographs, Film, and Video

Digitizing Photography Incunabula

Title page of Allen S. Heath: Photography: A new treatise, theoretical and practical…, New York 1855. At left, A Portrait of Sir Humphrey Davy. The First Experimenter in Photography, before 1855, by O. Sackersdorff
Title page of Allen S. Heath: Photography: A new treatise, theoretical and practical…, New York 1855. At left, A Portrait of Sir Humphrey Davy. The First Experimenter in Photography, before 1855, by O. Sackersdorff

Some of the world’s earliest photographically illustrated books are being digitized by the Getty Research Institute. More»

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The Original Turducken

Feast with stuffed ox / Hogenber
Feast with stuffed ox (detail), 1530, in Nicholas Hogenber, Procession of Pope Clement VII and the Emperor Charles V after the coronation at Bologna on the 24th February, MDXXX. Hand-colored etching pasted on canvas scroll. The Getty Research Institute

What’s going on here? More»

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Getty Salad Garden: Marcia Reed

Making salad with a curator and a culinary historian. More»

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The Weird and Wonderful Edible Monuments of Early Modern Europe

Festa della Porchetta in Bologna / Belmondo

When architecture was made of food. More»

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Prototyping a Digital Publication for Scholars

Prototype for the folio-and-transcription view of the Mellini manuscript
Prototype for the folio-and-transcription view of the Mellini manuscript

How do you design an entirely new breed of digital publication? Test, revise, test, revise… More»

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The Origins of Flavored Waters

Recipes for distilling peach, bitter orange, citron, and lemon flower waters / Walther Hermann Ryff
Recipes for distilling peach, bitter orange, citron, and lemon flower waters. Hand-colored woodcuts from Walther Hermann Ryff’s Das new groß Distiller Buch (Frankfurt: Heirs of Christian Egenolff, 1556). The Getty Research Institute

Expensive flavored waters predate Whole Foods by centuries. More»

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This Just In: A Sugar Sculpture in Technicolor

Detail of etching of sugar sculpture / Teyler after Lenardi

A fantastic episode from the history of edible propaganda. More»

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Julius Shulman’s Journey to City Hall

View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site / Julius Shulman
View of Los Angeles City Hall from the Union Station construction site, ca. 1934, Julius Shulman. John C. Austin, John and Donald Parkinson, and A. C. Martin, architects, 1928

Los Angeles at the mayor’s office. More»

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