October 24, 2020

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Meet the artist who received backlash for painting God as a black woman

Harmonia Rosales painted her own version of Michelangelo’s work in 2017, reimagining God and the First Man as black women.

If you are familiar with Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The Creation of Adam”, you would agree that it is one of the most famous works of art ever created.

But when an Afro-Cuban, Chicago-based painter, Harmonia Rosales, painted her own version of Michelangelo’s work in 2017, reimagining God and the First Man as black women, she received a lot of backlash.

Rosales’s work, “The Creation of God”, “riffs on Michelangelo’s portrayal of God’s creation of Earth’s first human, Adam.

Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” painted circa 1508-1512. Pic credit: New York Post

“But her version depicts the deity not as a white-haired white man, but as a black woman, reaching out to touch another, younger black woman,” reported the New York Post.

When she posted the iconic painting online, it attracted thousands of likes on social media – Twitter and Instagram – but it also sparked controversy. Critics described Rosales’ artwork as “disgusting”, a “cultural appropriation”, and a “desecration of an artistic masterpiece.”

Source: Meet the artist who received backlash for painting God as a black woman

 

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