Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

Most of us are familiar with Michelangelo’s famous drawings, paintings and sculptures. In this fascinating lecture from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, two scholars talk about food and wine in Italy during the years of Michelangelo’s life (1475-1564). In the sixteenth century, many foods were brought to Europe from the Americas for the first time: potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, corn and other staples.

In the second part of the video the presenters enjoy some wine tasting of Italian wines. If you wish to participate just grab a glass of wine or sparkling water, whatever you have at home – preferably Italian!

  • Enjoy some tasty Italian cheese and bread with your wine (Michelangelo did). Here are some suggestions:

    • Cheese: Pecorino di Pienza, Pecorino di Siena, Pecorino Romano, and/or Marzolino

    • Bread: Pane Casareccio (Roman rustic), Pane Sciocco (Tuscan unsalted) and/or other Italian bread

    • Fruit: Pears (Forelle or San Martino), peaches, plums, and/or grapes

Michelangelo was particularly fond of pears and used to send a box of 33 pears as a thankyou gift to his friends, one pear for every year of Christ’s life!

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