Drawing on the extensive collection of books and prints in the Getty Research Institute's Special Collections, the Edible Monument is an online exhibit that testifies to the human passion for food and its use in celebrations and rituals. The 75 items available for perusal here are divided into five main topical areas, such as Festivals, Banquets, Art of Decorative Desserts, and Street Festivals. The section on Banquets features a large rendering of the banquet given for Pope Innocent XI in 1687, and users can click on the image to obtain additional details. The Art of Decorative Desserts is equally compelling, featuring the art of Sicilian wedding table setting, as exemplified by the table setting created for the visit to Dresden of Charles VII of Naples in 1738. The site is rounded out nicely by a bibliography of suggested reading, and appropriately enough, a list of additional Web sites dealing with food.
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