Anglican Samizdat

April 30, 2009

Muddled Obama messianic art

Filed under: Art,Christianity — David Jenkins @ 8:41 am
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Obama does it all: tears the veil of the temple, stretches out his arms as if on a cross and wears a crown of thorns:

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On his 100th day in office, President Obama will be “crowned” in messianic imagery at New York City’s Union Square.

Artist Michael D’Antuono’s painting “The Truth” – featuring Obama with his arms outstretched and wearing a crown of thorns upon his head – will be unveiled on April 29 at the Square’s South Plaza.

Like others in the news who have depicted Obama in Christ-like imagery, D’Antuono insists he isn’t claiming the man is Messiah, but only inviting “individual interpretations.”

“‘The Truth,’ like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder,” claims the exhibit’s press release.

Aside from the intrinsic absurdity of the painting, “The Truth”, the last sentence identifies Obama more with Pontius Pilate than the Messiah: one of the perils of a biblically illiterate artist attempting to paint Messianic pictures.

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1 Comment

  1. looks like a picture of the anti-christ in full color.

    Comment by Gawk — April 30, 2009 @ 2:32 pm


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