Supersizing the Last Supper

An interesting article talks about research showing that the depiction of the food at the last supper in art over the last 1000 years reveals a trend, over time, of depicting the meal as, well, bigger. Generally speaking, the older the painting, the smaller the portions at the first Eucharist.

Here’s the link: Study: Last Supper paintings supersize the food

I know that the “Agape Meal” folks suggest that the Eucharist ought to take place in the context of a shared meal. Perhaps such a shared meal needs to be modest in its proportions, however.

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Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Yewtree

    But why is there never any salad? As they were eating a Passover meal, there should at least have been bitter herbs!