“Smiling girl in Italian dress” by Sorokin Evgraf, 1857
Grapes in Art
These fruiting berries are just amazing: they grow in clusters of 15 to 300; they can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green, orange, and pink; they can be consumed in countless different ways – eaten fresh as table grapes or as wine, jam, juice, jelly, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar, and grape seed oil.
Wine has been produced from grapes for thousands of years. The earliest known evidence of wine comes from Georgia (Caucasus), where 8000-year old wine jars were found; and the oldest known winery was found in Armenia, dating to around 4000 BC. It takes about 1.2kg of grapes to make one bottle of wine.
“Bacchus” by Caravaggio, c. 1596-1597
“Italian Midday” by Karl Bryullov, 1827
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, over 75 thousands of square kilometers of the world are dedicated to grapes. Approximately 71% of world grape production is used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% as dried fruit
Talking about wine, we cannot help mentioning about French paradox: it has been discovered that although the French eat higher levels of animal fat than in other Western countries, the incidence of heart disease remains low in France. It is thought to occur from protective benefits of regularly consuming red wine (with measure).
No doubts, you enjoy eating grapes or drinking a glass of wine; now it’s time to enjoy grapes in famous paintings.
“Fruit Piece” by Jan van Huysum, oil on panel, 1722
“Peaches, Grapes, a Pear and White Currants in a Wan-li Kraak Porcelain Dish, with Shells, a Lizard and a Butterfly on a Ledge” by Ambrosius Bosschaert II (1609 - 1645)
“Habit de vigneron” by Nicolas de Larmessin II (1638-1694)
“The myth of Vertumnus and Pomona” by Richard Westall, 1807
“Bringing in the Grapes” by Penry Williams, 1832