Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Artsy Wednesday: The Company of the Cauldron

File this under "dinner parties I'd like to recreate." In Smart Set, Tony Perrottet mines Giorgio Vasari's book Lives of the Artists for details about crazy art-themed (and artist-attended) dinner parties hosted by The Company of the Cauldron.

The Company was an exclusive little artsy/intellectual club in Florence at the start of the 16th century, and their dinner parties were legendary both for their famous attendees (da Vinci and Michelangelo, at the least, but possibly not ever on the same night) and their elaborate costs of entry. Each guest had to bring some sort of edible art.

So cool, right? Can you even begin to imagine what Leonardo would create for something like this? Unfortunately, given the lack of cameras, imagine is all we can do.

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