Monday, April 05, 2010

Improvement through art

This is an interesting article concerning serving sizes in artist's representations of the Last Supper. Entrees, plates, bread-- it's all been growing over the last millennium. The implication that the super-sized fare is only of recent times, and all of the purported negativity that comes from that, isn't the case. But what simpler way to show the vast improvement in human life over the last 1000 years? As is noted at the end of the piece:

Instead, they suggest, it's a natural consequence of "dramatic socio-historic increases in the production, availability, safety, abundance and affordability of food" over the millennium that started in the year 1000 A.D.


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