Jose Fuster's "La Ultima Cena"
Artist Jose Fuster’s famous work, “La Ultima Cena,” or “Last Supper,” shows the disciples gathered around a plate of fish and hints at a bizarre rule in Cuba that allowed only 12 guests to eat at one time in privately-owned restaurants. In fact, until the 1990s restaurants not owned by the government were illegal. The paladars, or small dining rooms operated by self-employed families, were originally operated out of homes. They existed under harsh restrictions that governed the type and amount of food served, the hiring of labor, and, as Fuster so famously depicted, the number of seats at the table.