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Still Life with Chocolate and Rolls, Luís Egidio Meléndez, 1770, Collection of The Prado Museum, Spain

Still Life with Chocolate and Rolls, Luís Egidio Meléndez, 1770, Collection of The Prado Museum, Spain

Meléndez painted this at a pivotal time in the history of chocolate. The image highlights the experience of chocolate as a frothed drink, the peculiar material culture to make it, and chocolate as a solid, all elements expressive of the entanglement of producers and consumers in the Atlantic World.

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