You gonna eat that Whopper, Judas?
I just love this story. These guys analyzed 52 paintings of “The Last Supper,” done over a period of 1,000 years, and they found the size of the main meal depicted has grown progressively by 69 percent.
They say this suggests that the phenomenon of serving bigger portions on bigger plates has also occurred gradually over the same time period.
Their study found that plate sizes in the paintings grew 66 percent.
By contrast, the size of bread grew by only 23 percent. That may be the result of the first low-carb diet, published in 1611 and sold along with the King James version of The Bible.
Of course, this is only the beginning. At the present rate of super-sizing portions in our society, within five years somebody will paint “The Last Supper” as an all-you-can-eat buffet, showing several of the apostles leaving with overflowing doggy bags.
“What’s the matter, Thomas? You doubt that I can eat this whole Philly Cheesesteak?”
Top: A painting in which advertising icons ranging from Tony the Tiger to Aunt Jemima replace the figures in Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” which stirred up a minor tempest at a Chicago-area art museum, in a 2001 file photo.
Middle: A detail shows part of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in a 1999 file photo. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Bottom: A woman looks at “The Last Supper” painting by Italian master Jacopo Tintoretto at EL Prado Museum in Madrid in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Victor Fraile