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Art doesn't necessarily imitate life

March 23, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

OK. I think a new food/obesity study making the rounds today is trying to compare, well, apples to oranges. Brian Wasnik, a Cornell University food behavior scientist, and a team of researchers, used a computer to compare the size of the food depicted in 52 paintings of The Last Supper, including Da Vinci's famous rendering. 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. "I think people assume that increased...

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