Saturday, April 25, 2009
A painting depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ crucified/glorified is stirring controversy. And rightly so. The painter, Michael D'Antuono, calls the painting "The Truth" about Obama. D'Antuono intends a clever mixed message: is Obama being crucified or glorified? Is Obama messianic (of a veiled nature) or as public as the Office of the President of the United States? Ironically, the artist actually points to the truth about Jesus Christ: that His crucifixion was also His glorification, as St. John's Gospel exlains.
Here is a news report on the unveiling:
NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael D'Antuono may raise more questions than answers when he unveils his highly controversial new painting, "The Truth" on the South Plaza of NYC's Union Square on the 100th day of Barack Obama's presidency. The artist's politically-, religiously- and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political climate and deep partisan divide has been privately raising eyebrows (and voices) since its creation.
The 30" x 54" acrylic painting on canvas depicts President Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross; atop his head, a crown of thorns. Behind him, the dark veil being lifted (or lowered) on the Presidential Seal. But is he revealing or concealing and is he being crucified or glorified?
D'Antuono insists that this piece is a mirror; reflecting the personal opinions and emotions of the viewer; that "The Truth" like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. D'Antuono expects that individual interpretations will vary as widely as they do in the political arena. The work will be seen by one viewer at a time behind a voting booth-inspired public installation.
Until now, Mr. D'Antuono has chosen to paint purely non-political subject matter, opting instead for iconic celebrity portraits and hard-luck romantic narratives. However, now the artist feels the need to make a statement. "Aided by the media, politics has taken a nasty turn in the last decade and I firmly believe that this is one of the underlying causes of our nation's current problems," says D'Antuono.
I trust that this painting is not prophetic. President Obama must never fall into the hands of Hamas which recently legalized crucifixion as a means of execution.