Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Art of the moment: The Last Supper, DaVinci

It's been awhile since I've done one of these...

Highlighting DaVinci today because of new information regarding this, one of his most famous works.
image: The Food Section

Josh Friedland of The Food Section reports the findings of John Variano (Gastronomica), that the food served in the famous painting is not bread or lamb, as previously supposed. The restoration of the painting reveals that the dish in question is grilled eels garnished with orange slices. Apparently, it was quite in vogue in Leonardo's time.

Friedland is only guessing at the location of the dish that Variano refers to, and apparently there's much more detail in Gastronomica about this find. Still, it's interesting. Although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there's also bread at the table, since it was a staple (even unleavened) of both Renaissance and Jewish diets. I'm really curious about what's on the big plate there.

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