Beer has been a source of inspiration to countless famous artists.
Beer has been a source of inspiration to countless famous artists. This is already the case on the Mesopotamian tablets, which depict the manufacture of "sikaru", the predecessor of beer. Ancient Egyptian papyrus scrolls, frescoes and statues also illustrate the activities of the first brewers.
In ancient times, beer was drunk from exquisite vessels, made of gold, silver and tin, of which many still remain. For their part, potters used clay to make attractive jugs and beakers. Gaulish sculptors and ceramists manufactured series of bottles as well as instructive bas-reliefs, which give us insight into their beer rituals.
In the Middle Ages, artists produced works which were both functional and attractive: woodworkers brought all their craftsmanship and dedication to the manufacture of beakers ringed with steel or iron. From the seventeenth century onwards, these were gradually replaced by mugs of clay and later of tin, engraved with attractive patterns and covered with lids. Only in the nineteenth century did ceramic and glass make an entrance and displace the clay mugs.
Mugs and glasses were not the only artistic byproduct of beer, which also inspired painters. Think of the many village festivities painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, with their countless references to beer. Other famous works include "The Flemish Kermesse" by Pieter Bruegel the Younger, "Servante de Bocks" by Edouard Manet, and Picasso's "Le Bock". Picasso also painted a series of Cubist advertising posters for a beer.