Friday, April 11, 2008
This homoerotic recreation of Leonardo’s Last Supper has offended a Viennese cardinal.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, archbishop of Vienna, described the image as “a homosexual orgy” of Apostles, which he found quite offensive. The artist “oversteps the essential threshold of respect for the sacred,” he says.
Interestingly, the Roman Catholic cardinal had approved the painting’s placement in an exhibit that honoured 80-year old Austrian painter, Alfred Hrdlicka. He’s regretting that choice now.
“I obviously would not have agreed to have blasphemous or pornographic works exhibited. I therefore explicitly regret that a work of this kind was exhibited without my knowledge,” the cardinal said in a statement.
He does, however, continue to back Hrdlicka.
“Hrdlicka...probably more than any other living artist, has devoted himself to the suffering and downtrodden human being and has appealed for “compassion” with the “Passion,” he said.
This amazing image comes from The Australian Postal Service.
The text in the background of the image appears to be wrapping around the hugging couple. It says, “If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter”.
Amazing optical illusion. Great ad.