A muscular body, beautiful dark eyes, a hipster hairstyle and especially the armor that slightly hides the waist of the resurrected Jesus – all this can be seen in the work of Sevillian artist Salustiano Garcia, who presented the poster to the public last weekend. .
The author vehemently rejected the criticism. “It's a message of spirituality, love and respect. Anyone who sees sexuality in a poster must be sick and need help,” he defended himself in an interview with the newspaper. ABC Garcia was modeled after his son Horacio.
Lightly veiled, youthful and slender: this is the work of the Spanish painter Salustiano García, which depicts Jesus and was chosen to promote Holy Week in Seville, which is not without controversy because of the “sexy” image of Christ. pic.twitter.com/Ft9iHw4O43
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“It's a good work that doesn't want to be revolutionary. It's sweetness and tenderness, I'm moving into this territory,” the artist said. He was commissioned to create the poster by the City Council of Brotherhoods, an organization for cooperation between the church and secular authorities.
According to a quick online poll, 87 percent of respondents found Garcia's portrayal of Jesus inappropriate. Meanwhile, more conservative believers gathered tens of thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the poster be removed from public space.
According to the server South West Javier Navarro, head of the Seville branch of the far-right Vox party, joined the critics. “The poster is provocative. It has not served the purpose for which it was designed, i.e. to strengthen the devotional participation of the faithful,” he asserted.
Instead, the author was defended by Seville Mayor José Luis Sánchez. “I love it. It's a bold and risky poster,” he said, adding that the controversy the work created was “artificial”.
Holy Week or Passion Week is an important period of the Christian liturgical year in which Christians remember the last week of Jesus' earthly life, crucifixion and resurrection. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends with Easter (Resurrection Sunday).