"Give us this day our daily bread"

Which bears more spiritual weight?


B:The religious significance of bread is obvious, but what is the significance of the basket?

How has the basket been historically represented in art? "The Last Supper", 1620-1621, by Peter Paul Rubens is a good starting point. The basket can also be seen as an illusion to the wooden bin filled with hay where baby Jesus lay. In 2007, the Vatican made a radical change to the typical Nativity scene. Referring to two passages in St. Matthew's gospel, Jesus now lies in Joseph's shop, complete with "the typical work tools of a carpenter". He lies in Joseph's home.

Aside: In 2004, the Fondation Cartier held an exhibition titled "Pain Couture", by Jean Paul Gautier. The French sure do love their bread!


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