Fast food with Renaissance flair

Story highlights

  • Rebecca Ruetten photographed fast food as social commentary about class divide
  • She modeled her photographs after Renaissance paintings
  • Her style was influenced by painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

(CNN)In this brave, forever-new world of social media, the minutiae of daily life can be documented for public consumption with the tap of a finger.

For many, that includes pictures of what they're consuming on a daily basis, from their morning latte to their evening glass of wine and every Cronut in between.
Immortalizing food imagery is certainly not a new phenomenon, though the mediums in which to do so have come a long way from canvases to smartphones.
    During the Renaissance era, food often appeared in popular works of art by way of still-life paintings, and painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is often heralded for elevating the seemingly simplistic genre with dramatic lighting, angles and imperfections.