Thursday, December 10, 2015

Man sues over racist Jesus paintings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By Henri Neuendorf
Perugino The Resurrection (ca. 1502) Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
NEW YORK---A Manhattan man is suing New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art over the inclusion of four paintings depicting Jesus Christ as blond-haired and white. Justin Renel Joseph filed the lawsuit at Manhattan Supreme Court on November 30, calling the paintings depicting an “Aryan" Jesus “racist" in the court documents. He labelled the public display of the masterpieces an “offensive aesthetic whitewashing," and called for them to be removed because they represented an “extreme case of discrimination," the New York Post reported. [link]

Sebastian Ricci The Holy Family of Angels (ca. 1700). Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York