Michael Garcia - October 21, 2016
They say that art is subjective and that is definitely true. Some people see a masterpiece in a Mark Rothko painting while others just see a big colored square. Good art should create controversy. But when you are dealing with religious art the possibilities of pissing someone off are pretty high. That's certainly what's happened in Sudbury, Ontario Canada at theÂ Ste. Anne des PinsÂ church. It seems that they had a statue of the Madonna and Child in their garden. Some rapscallion decapitated the baby Jesus and took off with the head, (I'm pretty sure that's a one way ticket to hell). So, the church brought in local artist Heather Wise to sculpt a new head for our Lord and savior. The problem came with the temporary head she created while she finishes the final head. First of all, it's the wrong color, but that's not the worst of it. It looks like the love child of a monkey and Lisa Simpson. While I personally think they should leave the statue like that because it's awesome, parishioners and local leaders feel uncomfortable with Jesus portrayed as a simian cartoon character.
This reminds one of the famous Ecce Homo painting of Jesus that was "restored" by an 80 year old lady in Italy and it turned out looking like a busted monkey. No one knows what Jesus actually looked like. Maybe he looked monkey-like? Martin Scorsese thought so when he cast Willem Defoe as Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ.Â
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