“Last Supper” paintings show how food portions grew over millenium

March 23, 2010
The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci

We’ve been overeating our way through ever-larger portions over the past 1,000 years, a U.S. study revealed after studying more than 50 paintings of the Biblical Last Supper.

The study, by a Cornell University professor and his brother who is a Presbyterian minister and a religious studies professor, showed that the sizes of the portions and plates in the artworks, which were painted over the past millennium, have gradually grown by between 23 and 69 percent.

“We think that as art imitates life, these changes have been reflected in paintings of history’s most famous dinner,” said Brian Wansink, author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think,” said in a statement.

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Somebody did the same thing years ago, measuring the size of the apple in Eve’s hand in various classical paintings over the centuries. And there are also classical and ancient sculptures of Aphrodite holding the Golden Apple – which is about the diameter of a chicken egg.

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Whoever wrote this is displaying an abysmal lack of knowledge about both Jesus and The Last Supper. What part of Jesus was Jewish has escaped you? The last supper was a Passover Seder. Jews DO NOT EAT BREAD for the eight days of Passover they eat Matzoh, unleavened bread. Shame, Shame that researchers and reporters are so in sensitive as to ignore this fact and/or do research.

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