chapter  4
30 Pages

Picturing the Kitchen

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered on the preceding chapters of this book. The book explains that Scappi's illustrations were sterile and analytic, contrasting them with genre paintings that feature kitchen scenes. The presence of the Lasca octave poem is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the information that consulting multiple copies can yield, and it is particularly tantalizing in the context of practical, or how-to, literature. Scappi's earliest legacy was the Opera itself-the subsequent editions of the book that appeared between 1570 and 1643. As the author have argued consistently, the illustrations in Scappi's Opera set it apart from both earlier printed cookbooks and many later ones. Their objective, documentary quality resists the kind of genre context visible in contemporary painted images such as Campi's Kitchen. In outlining a history of the visual representation of the kitchen and its furnishings, the author suggested that Scappi's illustrations break with anecdotal or narrative images.