Today, for your feasting pleasure, the amazing oil paintings — yes, paintings (!) of Italian artist Luigi Benedicenti (1948-2015).
They can’t be paintings, they must be photographs, you say. I’m still in disbelief myself. Even if they were photographs, they would be awesome — but paintings? Truly incredible!
A native of Turin, Benedicenti developed his own style of “realismo extremo,” or hyper photo-realism, featuring Italian pastries as his primary subject.
Apparently the pastries were made by professional bakers, but he did not consume them after taking reference photos because he had diabetes. I imagine his family and friends were only too willing to help him “take care of” the pastries when he was through with them. 🙂
Benedicenti’s objective was to create a sensory experience for the viewer — stimulating the senses and taste buds in the same way the actual, real-life-in-person food would.
I think the term hyper- or extreme realism is apt since these foods surpass reality. He once said,
I want to improve reality, make it better through a more precise graduation of light and color, which create shapes and highlight details which would otherwise go unnoticed or that would not be perceived in all their strength.
All this food art lover can say is “Wow.” Look at the way some of this stuff glistens!
Craving something savory after all that sugar? Here you go:
Good thing it’s all calorie free. 🙂
Have a delicious Tuesday!
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