“Food in art”, Coldiretti’s educational project comes to life

“Food in art” is one of the themes proposed by Coldiretti Cremona within the framework of “Sustainable development and food education”, the educational project aimed at primary and secondary schools in the Province of Cremona, in collaboration with the Territorial School of Cremona, with Coldiretti Donne Impresa and Giovani Impresa at the forefront of the commitment to promote healthy lifestyles combined with environmental sustainability.

The route will come to life in the next few days, with the expected entry of students into the halls of the Civic Museum “Ala Ponzone”, to discover works that have food as their subject, or in which they are present, in a more or in a less veiled way, elements that refer to it.

The visit will be accompanied by museum guides, an introductory video by Flavio Caroli, Italian art historian and academic, and a documentary edited by Simone Fappanni for Coldiretti, in which the art critic presents a choice of paintings exhibited in the halls of the “Civic Museum “Ala Ponzone”, via Ugolani Dati, on the theme of the project, starting with the Ortolano by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, famous above all for his famous “compound heads”, that is- that is to say the unique portraits made by masterfully combining flowers, fruits, vegetables and even fish.”The particularity of the work – explains the art critic Fappanni – lies in the fact that we are faced with a joke: it that is to say, if you look at it, you are confronted with a composition of vegetables in a large cup, but once reflected in a mirror, the image turns into a kind of portrait composed of many vegetables including onions and turnips, but also mushrooms , nuts, roots and much more”.

The visit for school groups will end with the creation, in watercolor, of a reproduction of the Ortolano d’Arcimboldo, led by the maestro Riccardo Bozuffi who will lead the students to discover the secrets of “watercolour painting “.

“Food – concludes Fappanni – is one of the recurring subjects in the history of art: in fact, at different chronological and cultural heights, creative people from different backgrounds, tendencies and styles have ventured into the creation of works on the theme of food. We can therefore say that it is truly an infinite theme, already present in very ancient representations, even in rock engravings, as well as in Egyptian papyri, not to mention the works of the ancient Romans, which as we knows knew feast merrily. And abundantly”.

“Our educational project, for the 2021-2022 school year, is developing along five lines: we discussed with the students the theme of nature-friendly water, we deepened our knowledge of products such as milk, eggs, honey – explains Paola Bono, director of Coldiretti Cremona – The “Food in Art” route now comes to life, because it was essential for us to be able to lead the students inside the Museum. “evolution of the health situation now allows us to share this journey in complete safety and serenity. With the help of the experts, we visited the exhibition halls virtually, but we are now excited and grateful to finally be able to lead the children inside the Museum”.

The project “Sustainable development and food education” was born within the framework of the annual hours of Civic Education, on the specific issues of sustainability, and the synergy between Coldiretti and the Ministry of Education. This collaboration was formalized with the “Protocol for the promotion of skills related to sustainability in nutrition, for the development of the circular economy, the green economy and precision and digital agriculture” signed in July 2019, based on the Coldiretti’s decade-long experience in building positive networks with schools throughout the country, beginning with the direct involvement of farms. For the 2021-2022 school year, the project has already received the support of 85 classes – confirms Coldiretti Cremona – so as to involve more than 1,600 students this year.

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