[Sca-cooks] Kitchen scene, circa 1600

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Fri Apr 24 04:48:47 PDT 2009

I came across a small illustration in an article on kitchens this week.
The forefront shows a kitchen scene while in the background there's
a glimpse of the diners. It shows both women and men working in the
kitchen with numerous serving boys. The engraver is listed as Justus 
Sadeler. The magazine
dated the print as 1675. It looked earlier to me, so I have done some 
His dates are b. 1583 in Antwerp, d. either 1620 in Venice or 1629 in 
(There are a number of engravers named Sadeler so it is possible that it 
was done by
another member of the family.)

One rather poor version turns up here:
*Preparing for a Feast*
Justus Sadeler after Antonio Tempesta c. 1600
Credit: Hulton Archive

When one looks for the original by Antonio Tempesta, one comes across it as
 January: A Kitchen.  Antonio Tempesta  published 1599.
His dates are b Florence, 1555; d Rome, 5 Aug 1630.
Between 1589 and 1627 Tempesta made over 1000 prints, which were widely 
circulated in Europe during his lifetime.
He turns up all over the place. The kitchen scene is in ARTstor for 
those with academic access, but even better it's at LA County.

The entire set is listed here:


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