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Oil painting from the 17th century, showing the contemporary practices of the wine harvest, including on the left side in the foreground the construction of barrels and one man transporting a lot of dark blue grapes in a chute.

Wine, blood, and fermentations: Descartes and the grapevine

/ 02.05.2022


Descartes compared blood formation to the fermentation of grapes into wine, “quand on les laisse cuver sur la râpe”. What is this “râpe”, and what does it tell us about Descartes’ idea of the human body? Carmen Schmechel traces this Cartesian analogy in wineries and museums.


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