By on October 24, 2015


Is ‘The Last Supper’ a little too 15th century for you and lacking the necessary backdrop to coexist with your neon Ford Service sign and collection of license plates? What if Jesus was a mechanic instead of a carpenter?

You’re in luck.

Freddy Fabris of Chicago has recreated some of the masterpieces of the Renaissance era and supplanted the original characters with those who wield torque wrenches and service manuals.


From Fabris’ post on the Huffington Post:

I came across an old Midwest car shop that triggered this series, the place screamed for something to be shot there, and slowly but steadily ideas started to fall in to place.

I selected The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, by Phillipe de Champaigne, The Anatomy Lesson by Rembrandt, and The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo as the main pieces, and then expanded the series with Rembrandt inspired portraits.

You can check out Fabris’ work at Fabris Photography.

[Source: Huffington Post via AutoGuide]


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37 Comments on “‘The Last Supper’, Now With More Loctite and 10W30...”

  • avatar

    Jesus is an auto body man and he works in SanBernardino CA. does great work and has a nice wife and family too.

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    How about some Rubenesque recreations of BBWs in coveralls with tools?

    • 0 avatar

      I’d need some shop rags.

    • 0 avatar

      Bi-racial Black Women?
      So you have a thing for Queen Latifah…

    • 0 avatar

      Those BBW’s can be all yours, PrincipalDan. No competition from here.

      My fix is 6’1″ and she still has close to a perfect hourglass figure more than two decades after we met. Like everyone, she has her faults, but it is a lot easier to overlook them when she still looks like a dream.

      BBW’s represent either hormonal/glandular disorders or lack of discipline/exercise to me, and I am not attracted to either illness or weakness.

      But to each his own. Or as some say, every pot has a lid.

      • 0 avatar

        Indeed Volando .

        Izzat an _Onan_ boxer engine ? .

        I think these pix are great .


        • 0 avatar

          Indeed, indeed, Nate. As always, all the best to you.

          Of the pix, my favorite is the parody of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the passing down of the wrench.

          Is it just me, or does the guy on the creeper look like like the prospect in Sons of Anarchy?

          And being too lazy to google it this late, WTFO is an Onan boxer engine? Is that a Biblical pun that I missed or what?

          Keep on keeping on, my brother from the other coast.

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            Onan was a manufacturer of air cooled boxer engines for APU’s , Gen Sets , Trash Pumps and those weird three wheeled Cushman parking enforcement carts for decades , back to the 1940’s that I know of .

            They’re very simple and cheaply made ,*if* you spec. the out right they’re wonderful and last a long time but few Municipalities ever did that so they’re the bane of older Fleet Mechanics , more so because they all _look_ identical but had a bewildering array of different crankshafts making fast and cheap repairs using parts from other dead units , near impossible .

            They’re still out there but worthless .

            I was just surprised to see one is all .

            I’m greatly enjoying the replies from the educated here who know the details of the original paintings .


        • 0 avatar

          Nate, your comments about the lack of interchangeability between the various Onan motors’ internals brings to mind another lesson I once learned about interchangeability.

          The Industrial Revolution supposedly had as one of its key points of development, the development of rifles with interchangeable parts, developed by Eli Whitney, of cotton gin fame.

          Had a great biz school prof start out by asking the class (in a suburb of DC, appropriately enough) which was the first US govt military contract cost and schedule over-run.

          Lots of head-scratching by an audience of fairly educated higher level government types of the sort who actually knew a thing or two. Nobody comes up with the answer.

          He reveals it finally: Eli Whitney, who had a contract to produce rifles with interchangeable parts, which could, and eventually would, save the government lots of money.

          But the original contract, for a year or two, took well over a decade to complete, and even then, (a) the full quantity was never delivered and (b) when called upon to demo how well the parts interchanged, he had to fake the demo with a handful of specially hand-crafted parts that could interchange.

          The vast majority of the parts produced never could interchange freely.

          But to hear that the same type of problem still existed a couple of hundred years later is a bit of surprise. Though I suppose that when you consider that they were mostly used in some decidedly low tech environments, it probably seemed irrelevant to purchasing departments, though obviously the same wasn’t true in the maintenance shops.

          The possibilities for a motto seem decidedly perverse…”The Onan motor–can keep going night and day, but only plays with its own parts.”

          That was terrible, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

          Makes me think of those cranky little power plants they used to put in the two wheel Cushman scooters, also. Had a friend who used to ride one to school…I remember it being belt-driven, and the belt liked to jump the track with regularity. Especially if you tried to wind it out, to what was probably something like a thirty five mph top end.

          • 0 avatar

            Volando ;

            Cushman Scooters had Onan boxer twin engines and rarely did our fleet (D.O.G.S. Fleet Services) have two out of God knows how many , with the same damn crankshaft .

            As they pissed oil like holy water , the cranks failed on a regular basis…..

            Lord knows I love me some air cooled engines and boxer twins but those things unless spec’d out with low oil ignition interrupters , were worthless .

            I had a nice Vintage Boxer Twin Moto ride to – day ! pre celebrating my upcoming birthday .


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Love it!

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    Freakin’ brilliant.

    Is that Danio as JC?

  • avatar

    Missed the spot altogether going medieval. 20th century commie art propoganda. Nobody beats it whether poster or choreographed.

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    No chariots?

    Otherwise, these are great!

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    Awesome! Now do one with Muhammad as a butcher.

    • 0 avatar

      Your point is taken but the analogy doesn’t hold. Figures of Jesus are near omnipresent in Renaissance painting. Fabris’ conceit works because he’s working with iconography that’s familiar to us. While there are Renaissance era western paintings of Mohammed (and historic Islamic paintings as well, putting to question the Wahabbi’s complete prohibition of representing the man), none of them are poses familiar to most people in the west the way Michelangelo’s and Rembrandt’s images are.

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      Halal or salcicciero? (Sausage)

      I see trouble on the horizon, not that it wouldn’t be there anyway.

      Old Spanish proverb: Hay moros en costa. There are Moors on the coast.

      Meaning danger is imminent.

  • avatar

    When did Conway Twitty start working on cars?

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    I want to start a contest for the best caption for the pic at the top of the story.

    My entry is:

    “Jesus, will you please stop complaining about how your order is always the only one they screw up.”

    As a footnote, my guess is that the service manager who hands out the shop tickets to the flatrate mechanics is the Judas in the bunch. Because he is the one in a position to betray a mechanic, passing him a job that pays two and half hours flatrate, and takes the best mechanic all morning.

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    The guy behind the parts counter as Gainsborough’s Blue Boy portrait would have been a nice addition. All clean and grease free in the appropriately colored uniform.

    I really like the Sistine Chapel variant, the wrench being passed down from on high to the man below, about to take on a new endeavor.

    If I had a large, Butler building style garage, I would want that painted on the ceiling.

    Maybe a picture of Eve as a customer driving a notoriously difficult car to repair, handing over a set of keys to Adam, the unsuspecting mechanic. Maybe the car being a Viper. Might be a reach, but the thought crossed my mind.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste during a bout of insomnia. Though I am probably already wasted and don’t know it.

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    … am I the only one that noticed that Last Supper is missing three disciples and has no Judas?

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    Hi Nate–

    Have a Happy Birthday. Hope good things happen for you, especially on that day.

    I had a friend in JHS who had a Cushman box, as it was one of the few machines with small enough displacement/HP or both to be legal under 16. It had all the bad characteristics you mentioned, especially the unwanted oil distribution system. But at least he could drive to JHS. His Cushman scooter ruled, until another buddy rolled up in a Zundapp 250, which I think squeaked in under FL law bacause its HP was rated low. The Cushman could throw its drive belt every time its owner tried to put some juice to the rear wheel. As I recall, he always kept a spare belt in his onboard toolkit, as the belt would often get chewed up when it came off the track.

    Obviously, the Zundapp outperformed the Cushman in every department. But I haven’t seen either of those in literally decades. I did, however, recently see a Bultaco scrambler, something else I hadn’t seen in decades, but which are still around, apparently.

    And since you seem to have knowledge of obscure vehicles, did you ever run across a small convertible, I recall it being a two seater, made in Spain, and called a Siata? A friend in NYC had one in the seventies.

    Not much in the way of sporty HP, but a fun car to tool around in. And a real attention grabber. Coolest obscure vehicle I ever saw in NYC though was an older, even then, MG, that had a for sale sign on it. Wooden spoke wheels, the whole postwar thing. Pulled up alongside him at a light, asked him if it was an MG-TB. Thought I was clever, noticing the details that meant it couldn’t be an MG-TC.

    Instead, he said, “Nope, it’s a TC-A.” Only one I ever saw. A real post WW II style British sports car rush. In the late seventies, he was asking something like $16K, which wasn’t bad for what it was, but it surely didn’t fit into my plans. But a beautiful car.

    Am I correct in guessing that D.O.G.S. stood for something like Department of General Services? Think you said you have been keeping things rolling for a SoCal government agency, a kind of motor pool thing, at least for a while in your career. Cool acronym, though.

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    Yes on ‘ D.O.G.S. ‘ ~ the Govt. paperwork is endless and I figured out a way to pull the lion’s tail so to speak and they couldn’t complain because they like brevity….

    I’ve heard of Siats .

    I saw an Italian roadster in ” Memory Lane ‘ junkyard some years ago , 1950’s styling with cycle fenders like an MG but with a two cylinder air cooled engine ~ WTH ?!? .

    I’ve always been interested in odd and obscure vehicles and began scouring junkyards and back lots when I was about 5 years old , I wish there had been digital cameras back then as many I’ve seen I still have no idea what the heck they were .

    I gave my then 14 year old Son a Honda CT90 to commute to High School on , obviously he had no operator’s license so I told him to mind his P’s & Q’s and he’d be the only 9th grader on a Moto , it taught him to be circumspect and work to ward what you want .

    Oops ~ time to get to work ! .


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