GRAPHIC:  University of Chicago Magazine
Classified Knowledge
Captions are drawn from exhibition descriptions by Naomi Hume, a graduate student in art history.
IMAGE:  Classified Knowledge
Slice and dice
De sectione mensaria. [Paris? 17th century?] Howard C. Levis Collection.

This rare manual contains 48 woodcut drawings that demonstrate the carving of fowl, meats, and fruits. Each diagram—many with numbers keyed to the text—corresponds to a written explanation and serves as a guide or teaching aid.

A 17th-century representation of the still-popular “how to” genre, the manual—like anatomies and other books designed to function as tools for learning or experimentation—takes advantage of illustration to visually represent what the reader is preparing to do.


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