Friday, November 18, 2011
What I Learned From Staring at The Last Supper
WWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)
There’s a professor at Cornell who has done some interesting research about the link between food and religion. One of his discoveries was that the portion size of the food--as well as the size of the plates--has increased over the years in depictions of the Last Supper. It’s true; the plate size over the years (from 1000 to 2000) has increased by 66% and serving sizes have increased accordingly.
No I’m Not Going Around!
I also learned that convenience trumps artistic integrity. A portion of the lower part of the work (including Jesus’ legs) were cut away to make room for a doorway. I thought it was just because Leonardo couldn’t paint feet…
I also learned that the more important the art, the less likely that they’re going to let you take a picture of it.
Okay, So What About The Next-To-The-Last Supper?
I also learned that if you want to see The Last Supper, you better get your tickets months in advance like my wife Anita did.