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Supersized eucharist?

According to one study, it looks like over the last thousand years or so our artistic representations of the Last Supper have seen the food portions get bigger and bigger:

Has even the Last Supper been supersized?

The food in famous paintings of the meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium, researchers report in a medical journal Tuesday.

Using a computer, they compared the size of the food to the size of the heads in 52 paintings of Jesus Christ and his disciples at their final meal before his death.

If art imitates life, we’re in trouble, the researchers conclude. The size of the main dish grew 69 percent; the size of the plate, 66 percent, and the bread, 23 percent, between the years 1000 and 2000.

Probably doesn’t mean all that much. Still a bit odd and amusing though.


  1. Byron Smith wrote:

    Sounds like it needs an intrepid doco-maker to try living purely on the eucharist for a month and see what happens to his/her spiritual health.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink
  2. “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven.”
    “Would you like fries to go with that?”

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink
  3. kim fabricius wrote:

    Superlong ecclesial colon?

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  4. roger flyer wrote:


    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  5. Annon wrote:

    If it’s only comparing head and Eucharist size in paintings, maybe our it’s that our heads are getting smaller. That makes more sense… :)

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

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