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The cook, 16th century (1849). Artist: Jost Amman

The cook, 16th century (1849). Artist: Jost Amman


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The cook, 16th century (1849). Artist: Jost Amman

The cook, 16th century (1849). A 19th century version of an original 16th century engraving. From Le Moyen Age et la Renaissance, by Paul Lacroix, Ferdinand Sere and A Rivaud, Volume I (Paris, 1849)

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A Cabasson A Rivaud Amman Cabasson Cook Cookery Cooking Ferdinand Ferdinand Sere Jost Jost Amman Justus Amman Kitchen Lacroix Ladle Paul Paul Lacroix Rivaud Sere


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This print captures a glimpse into the 16th-century world of cooking. Created in 1849 by Jost Amman, this engraving is a 19th-century reproduction of an original artwork. The image comes from the book "Le Moyen Age et la Renaissance" by Paul Lacroix, Ferdinand Sere, and A Rivaud. In this scene, we see a male cook fully immersed in his culinary craft. Standing in a medieval kitchen, he wields a ladle with expertise as he tends to various pots and pans on the stove. His focused expression reveals his dedication to the art of cookery. The print provides us with insight into the occupation and profession of cooks during the Middle Ages. It transports us back in time to an era where food preparation was not just about sustenance but also an intricate skill that required precision and knowledge. The monochrome aesthetic adds depth and texture to the image, enhancing its historical charm. As we observe this snapshot from centuries ago, we are reminded of how much has changed yet also how certain aspects remain timeless - such as our fascination with food and those who create it. This print serves as both a visual delight for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Its detailed depiction invites us to appreciate the craftsmanship behind cooking while offering a window into life during the 16th century.

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