Too feminine and erotic. The poster with Jesus caused a wave of criticism


A muscular body, beautiful dark eyes, a hipster hairstyle and especially a shroud that only slightly covers the hips of the resurrected Jesus – all this can be seen in the work of the Sevillian artist Salustiano García, who presented the poster to the public last weekend.

The author strongly rejected the criticism. “It is a message of spirituality, love and respect. Anyone who sees sexuality in a poster must be sick and needs help,” García defended himself in an interview with ABC newspaper, modeled after his son Horacio.

“It’s kind work that doesn’t want to be revolutionary. It’s sweetness and tenderness, I move in this territory,” added the artist. He was commissioned to create the poster by the City Council of Brotherhoods, a body 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. In the meantime, the most conservative believers have collected ten thousand signatures on a petition that demands the removal of the poster from public space.


Salustiano García with his son Horacio

According to the server Sud Ouest, the head of the Seville organization of the far-right party Vox Javier Navarro joined the critics. “The poster is provocative. It does not fulfill the purpose for which it was designed, i.e. to strengthen the pious participation of believers,” he emphasized.

On the contrary, the author was defended by the mayor of Seville, José Luis Sanz. “I like. It’s a bold and risky poster,” he said, adding that the controversy the work has created is “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, his death on the cross and resurrection. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter (Resurrection Sunday).

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