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Last Supper gets bigger

art and culture Updated: Mar 24, 2010 01:27 IST

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The food in famous paintings of Jesus Christ’s last meal has grown by biblical proportions over the last millennium.

Researchers used a computer to compare the size of the food to the size of the heads in 52 paintings of Christ and his disciples. If art imitates life, we're in trouble, the researchers conclude. The size of the main dish grew 69 per cent; the size of the plate, 66 per cent, and the bread, 23 per cent, between the years 1,000 and 2,000.