Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How many would have chosen the carpenter's cup?

Now here's an interesting observation about art, religion and culture (via Neatorama):
The food portions depicted in paintings of the Last Supper have grown larger - in line with our own super-sizing of meals, say obesity experts.

The Cornell University team studied 52 of the most famous paintings of the Biblical scene over the millennium and scrutinised the size of the feast.

They found the main courses, bread and plates put before Jesus and his disciples have progressively grown by up to two-thirds.

This, they say, is art imitating life.

Professor Brian Wansink, who, with his brother Craig, led the research, published in the International Journal of Obesity, said: "The last thousand years have witnessed dramatic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food."
I keep thinking of the character of Big Jim in "Under the Dome" when he repeatedly refereed to people who recently died as now eating "Roast beef, mashed with gravy, apple crisp for dessert" at table of the Lord.

Shows what he knows. The big guy's probably getting down with just some bread and olive oil.

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