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Food & Culture: Food in Visual Culture

The (Visual) Meanings of Food

Food has a long, rich history of popping up in arts, whether as a metaphor (Eve and the apple! rotting fruit in medieval still lives!) or as something pretty. Explore some of the ways in which food interacts with the visual arts here!

Researching Food in Visual Culture

Selected Search Strings

Selected Subjects 

  • Dinners and dining in art

Articles from Museums & More

Curated Collections of Visual Food

There are a lot of collections of visual food out there--these are just a few. 


Looking for more collections? 

Google Arts and Culture is a great place to start. 

Assorted Images

Are you looking for more images of food? You're in luck: there are a lot. The resources below can be a good place to get started, but they're hardly alone. Your favorite museums and art galleries (and even Wikimedia Commons!) likely all have images of food as art, too.

Movies Where Food Is A Pretty Big Deal

These are not the only foodie films and documentaries out there, but they are all available here on SXU's physical or virtual shelves!

Note that several of the documentaries, in particular, focus on the labor and capital of food.

Feature Films


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