2009 Alfred Z. Solomon Residency: “Sex in the Kitchen” Lecture

Patricia Simons, University of Michigan, gives a lecture called Sex in the Kitchen: The Social Iconography of Male Bodies in Renaissance Art and Culture.

In examining artworks like Vincenzo Campi’s ribald and graphic 1580s oil painting of a kitchen scene, Simons discovers “the boisterous rather than theological association of gluttony and lust,” noting that “many metaphors for food preparation had a sexual sense. Such actions as ladling, grinding, mixing, stirring, grating, cooking, and baking are double entendres in both texts and image.” In her talk, Simons will consider “the cross-fertilization of metaphors and bodies, and of ways in which various strata of evidence enable us to approach the texture of bodily experience in the past.”

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