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Title – Representing and describing new tastes Abstract – This paper will explore how objects, as well as ingredients arriving from the ‘Indies’, were perceived and then received in Europe being readjusted to the European taste. This process went also through representation and description. In first instance, the ‘exotic’ was made understandable by using parameters familiar to European culture and taste, in a process that involves also science in terms of classification as well as of medical knowledge. In second instance, the process of assimilation went also through artistic representations: a sign that the new ingredients had pushed their way through the European society. Cocoa seeds and the
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Unformatted text preview: use and diffusion of chocolate are only one among several examples that can be considered as a case study. Different cases of scientific descriptions of products that reached Europe from the ‘Indies’ from the late 16th century onwards will also be considered. At the same time, objects such as porcelain started to reach Europe in larger amounts: they were not any longer diplomatic gifts, but merchandise produced to be exported to Europe and thus responding to market demand. Marta Caroscio ( [email protected] ): Key-words: exotic; chocolate; Indies; medicine; scientific accounts....
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