A Rat on the Plate (a little piece of me, myself and I)

I am very proud to share with you that Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture has just published a paper of mine about a rat on the table of the Last Supper!

Last Supper Window in the vestry of St. Mary’s Church, Warwick, u.k.courtesy of Rene Greville

Last Supper Window in the vestry of St. Mary’s Church, Warwick, u.k.
courtesy of Rene Greville

Bibliographic Information

Bauer, Olivier. (2012). A Rat in the Plate: Last Supper’s Window in Saint-Mary’s Church, Warwick. Gastronomica. The Journal of Food and Culture, 12(4), 62-67.

Abstract

What is a rat doing on a Last Supper plate? Did Jesus and his disciples really eat such a disgusting animal? At the end of the sixteenth century, an anonymous artist positioned a rat in front of Jesus in a Last Supper window of the church of Warwick (UK). The Gospels do not state that Jesus’ last meal included rat, and rat was not a common food at that time; so why did the artist include a rat, if it is indeed a rat? The rat could convey a mysterious message. At the Lord’s Table, the real “rat” might not be who he seems to be!

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