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Credenza of silverware in the Palazzo Vizzani in Bologna (detail), Giuseppe Mazza, 1693. The Getty Research Institute, 1521-694


  Credenza of silverware in the Palazzo Vizzani in Bologna (detail), Giuseppe Mazza, 1693. The Getty Research Institute, 1521-694

The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals

Through March 13, 2016 | The Getty Center
Displays of silverware at early modern European feasts served a dual purpose: practically, tureens, platters, and dishes elegantly presented food, but they were also artfully arranged to enhance the banquet hall and impress guests with the wealth of their hosts. Mirrors were hung along the room's periphery to reflect vessels of crystal, silver, and gold, many of which were cast in naturalistic motifs, hinting at the ingredients contained within. Silver serving pieces, and prints depicting their display and designs, are now exhibited as part of The Edible Monument.

Through December 10, gallery tours will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Buy the catalog, The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals.

Browse articles about The Edible Monument and the Getty Museum's related exhibition Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.


  Food service at the papal conclave (detail), Bartolomeo Scappi, 1570. Getty Research Institute, 86-B27679

Playing the Scalco: Serving Meals Directly from Renaissance Banquet Literature

Lecture | January 10, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
Cookbooks, carving manuals, and guides to menus and table settings were created for use by emerging culinary professionals in early modern Europe. Ken Albala, author and professor of history at the University of the Pacific, discusses his experience using these texts to organize and serve meals in modern times. This lecture is part of the Art of Food Lecture Series, which explores culinary history, and complements the exhibitions The Edible Monument and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.

Reserve a free ticket and learn about the other lectures in Art of Food Lecture Series.

Find out more about the exhibitions The Edible Monument and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.


  Gate, Temple of Bel, Louis Vignes, 1864. The Getty Research Institute, 2015.R.15

Photographs of the Ruins of Palmyra, Syria

Digitized Collection
A series of 29 images from 1864 capture the Roman ruins of Palmyra, Syria, at the dawn of photography. Taken by French naval officer Louis Vignes—a trainee of renowned photographer Charles Nègre—the collection records structures at this World Heritage Site, including the Temples of Bel and Baal Shamin, both of which were reportedly destroyed by ISIS this year. These photos, along with 18 further images of Beirut, Lebanon—also taken by Vignes—have been digitized and are available online for study and download.

Explore Views and Panoramas of Beirut and the ruins of Palmyra, 1864.


  Detail of great altar at the Basilica of San Sernin, Toulouse, France, Frances Terpak, 1977–78. The Getty Research Institute, 2010.P.1

Study Photographs of Romanesque Architecture and Sculpture

Finding Aid
Documenting many unpublished Romanesque structures in southern France and northern Spain, GRI curator Frances Terpak's collection of photographs and negatives surveys the architectural and sculptural details at over 30 sites that date from the 11th and 12th centuries. The photographs were taken between 1977–78 (France and Loarre, Spain) and 1988 (Spain) as part of Terpak's research for her dissertation at Yale, and were subsequently used in several scholarly articles.

Browse the finding aid.


  Art historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell at the Getty Center, 2015

Fit for a King

Video of August 23, 2015, Lecture
For King Louis XIV, prints and plates of the latest fashion styles were powerful pieces of propaganda in establishing France's clothing and textile industries—and himself—as a superpower, economically and aesthetically. Art historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell explores the Sun King's lasting and reverberating impact on French fashions in this lecture held to complement the GRI's previous exhibition, A Kingdom of Images.

Watch the video.


Eating the Edifice

Lecture by Ivan Day | January 31, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center


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