Visual shopping list

Michelangelo sent his servant to shop at the market with the following grocery list. This list called for herring, tortellini, two fennel soups, four anchovies, and some wine, and he did a quick drawing for each item. According to this article, “because the servant he was sending to market was illiterate, Michelangelo illustrated the shopping lists.” While the modern-day version in Apple Notes app is not museum-worthy, history shows us a drawing is an effective way to communicate ideas no matter how mundane the ingredient is.

Left Image via Casa Buonarroti




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