If you’re ever in Milan, Italy, be sure to make your way to the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to behold Leonardo da Vinci’s well-known depiction of the Last Supper.
If you’re ever in Cusco, Peru, be sure to make your way to the Cathedral Basilica to behold Marcos Zapata’s lesser-known depiction of the Last Supper.
Da Vinci began work on his Last Supper in 1495. Zapata’s version came centuries later, in 1753. While the two paintings—each considered a masterpiece—deal with the same subject matter, there is one obvious difference in how the artists envisioned that historic meal: the food.
DaVinci’s painting shows that—in addition to the obvious bread and wine—the main course of that fateful meal was eels. Zapata’s version shows Jesus and his disciples dining on various fruits and vegetables, bread, chicha (a fermented corn and fruit beverage) in place of wine and, for the piece de resistance—cuy. Guinea Pig. There is simply no mistaking it. While some may be squeamish regarding the main course rodent, cuy is a common food in Peru. It can be found everywhere from street vendors, to some of Lima’s finest restaurants.
If you’d like to see Zapata’s Last Supper in person, and explore some of the many other wonders of Cusco (and perhaps try a little cuy), check out the trips below.