Your eyes are bigger than your Last Suppers, at least according to a study of 52 of the most famous paintings of the Last Supper painted between 1000 and 2000.
“The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food,” said Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and applied economics at Cornell University in New York.Over a thousand years, the size of the main dish progressively grew by 69.2%, plate size by 65.6% and bread size by 23.1%, they found.
“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner.”
No doubt they were looking at my collection of pop culture Last Supper parodies which are rife with fast food and mascots for restaurant and sugar cereals. We are what we worship.
Above: The Fast Supper by Sam Carter. "To me this has nothing to do with Christianity, it's more about the Religion of Fast Food. I felt that these commercial icons were my disciples." I've eaten at that religion.
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Suddenly Last Supper
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Muppets Last Supper