Obesity Experts: Meal Portions in Modern Versions of The Last Supper Getting Larger


Obesity experts at Cornell University say that depictions of the Last Supper, such as that of Leonardo da Vinci (above), have shown increasingly larger meal portions for the past thousand years:

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.


Link | Image: Art Renewal Center

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as a trend it does mean something if reproductions are getting more calorie laden. it simply gives an insight into our societies view on what a proper meal is.

too bad there weren't more photos accompanying this article though. also, i am tired of seeing variant versions of this painting, almost as tired as i am of seeeing star wars stuff. (wow star wars themed rocks!)

also i wanna add that i love eating and don't give a hoot. how many servings of sun chips am i going to eat? all of them.
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I don't know about the rest of you but I know that painters are always 100% accurate in their depiction of events that they have witnessed and reproduced with the brush.
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