Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Outrage Du Jour: The Truth; Update: Artist can’t handle The Truth?

posted at 3:25 pm on April 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Based on the e-mail I’ve been getting today, Michael D’Antuono will not be compared favorably to Michaelangelo any time soon. Kevin McCullough and the Anchoress have taken note of D’Antuono’s latest painting, as has WorldNet Daily, for obvious reasons:

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.

According to a statement released about the portrait, “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?” …

“More than a presidential portrait,” writes D’Antuono on a website touting the painting, “‘The Truth’ is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation’s current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue.”

Color me unmoved. Unless Obama himself commissioned this portrait, or the National Endowment for the Arts subsidized it, there’s nothing much outrageous about artists with no sense of taste or perspective. It’s not even very well painted; the body is out of proportion to the head and the arms (it looks like an Obama version of South Park’s Mr. Mackey), and the face is not a terribly convincing portrayal of Obama. I’d note that D’Antuono managed to position Obama so that he would not have to paint the more intricate parts of the Presidential Seal, either.

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