Breaking bread with friends and family is a tradition you’ll find in any culture in the world. As we gather this week to give thanks and celebrate the bonds that unite us, we hope you’ll take inspiration for your upcoming feasts—and maybe glean an entertaining tip or two—from these depictions of banquets from across The Met collection.
The Origins of Wine
On this Greek vessel from the 5th century B.C., Dionysos, the god of wine, reclines on a couch outdoors as a young man and an old satyr attend to the wine, before a spread of bread and fruit. This group knows its priorities.
La Grande Fête
Made in Limoges, this plaque, depicting a mythological wedding feast, represents the highest achievements of French enameling. (Just don’t put any gravy on it.)
Counting the Blessings
On of 47 panels made for Isabel of Castile, this scene represents Christ’s first miracle, at the marriage of Cana, where He transformed water into wine. Over 120 gallons of it.
In this painting by Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, the river god Acheloüs explains to the Greek hero Theseus that a distant island is his former lover Perimele, transformed by Neptune so that she could remain forever within the river’s embrace. Sounds like a reason to party.
These elegant figures gather to honor the floral symbol of the emperor—and make a little mischief.
In between the gravy, the mashed potatoes, and the love, we hope you’ll enjoy 25% off sitewide at The Met Store all day long. Happy Thanksgiving!