A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance, and the Late by Christina Normore

By Christina Normore

To learn money owed of overdue medieval banquets is to go into a fantastical global the place reside lions defend nude statues, gilded stags burst into tune, and musicians play from inside pies. we will nearly listen the clock sound from inside a pitcher fort, style the fire-breathing roast boar, and odor the rose water cascading in a miniature fountain. Such shiny artworks and function required collaboration between artists in lots of fields, in addition to the participation of the audience.

A dinner party for the Eyes is the 1st book-length examine of the courtroom banquets of northwestern Europe within the fourteenth and 15th centuries. Christina Normore attracts on an array of works of art, archival records, chroniclers’ money owed, and cookbooks to re-create those occasions and re-evaluate the overdue medieval visible tradition within which banquets have been staged. ceremonial dinner contributors, she indicates, built refined methods of appreciating creative ability and getting to their very own tactics of belief, thereby forging a court docket tradition that thrilled within the workout of good aesthetic judgment.

Challenging sleek assumptions concerning the nature of creative construction and reception, A ceremonial dinner for the Eyes yields clean perception into the lengthy historical past of multimedia paintings and the advanced relationships among spectacle and spectators.

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The girl who once climbed up on the table can no longer be anywhere else, as what was once a female agent becomes the comparatively passive object of human consumption and bestial regard. Just as human actors might be transformed into metallic things, so too might inanimate objects be enlivened. The erotic dimension of metal bodies appears in a surving Netherlandish aquamanile of around 1400 (fig. 38 The subject of this aquamanile is traditionally known as Phyllis and Aristotle or the ridden Aristotle in reference to a high and late medieval exemplum concerning the overwhelming power of sexual attraction.

Indeed, many entremets relied on the possibilities for transformation and play opened up by the mixed media of the genre as a whole. Movement, sound, smell, and taste enlivened crafted objects, calling forth awe and curiosity from their viewers. 43) things could be used to provide excitement, whether in the form of guardian lions or brutal soldiers born from a serpent’s teeth. The creation of these multimedia works was undertaken by a series of collaborating groups, from organizational committees to shifting teams of specialists.

Although their use is primarily attested in verbal descriptions rather than surviving material records, there is little reason to doubt that astonishingly complex fountains and highly prized automata decorated the tables of the elite. Of the fifteen “stationary” entremets at the Feast of the Pheasant, five were fountains. One, a sort of proto-Mannequin pis, consisted of a small naked boy on a rock who constantly pissed rosewater in a less decorous version of the Cleveland fountain. An additional three entremets are specifically described as having moving elements.

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