Painting of crucified Santa heading to St. Pat’s Cathedral

Artist Robert Cenedella is taking his controversial Christmas painting, “The Presence of Man” — which shows Santa Claus on a crucifix — to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve to display it after it caused protests at a local gallery and was pulled.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Robert Cenedella is a hack!
    That joke about Santa being nailed to a cross dates from the mid 1980’s and was in reference to Japanese aping western traditions but not grasping their full context or meaning, or even conflating many western things into one misinterpreted event.

  • Uncommunist

    Torch it.

  • Tasteless.

    • Clausewitz

      Just another talent less “Artist” trying to show how “Edgy” he can be. Yawn.

  • Clink9

    It’s just so easy to be an asshole now.

    Years ago a smack to the head or bloody nose would have stopped most in their tracks.

  • ontario john

    And in further good news this Christmas, the CBC is excited that Trudeau’s Christmas message will be about diversity. Because what is more important to little Justin than thousands of muslims and Haitians flooding over our borders. And CP24 in Toronto has been excited all day about Rev. Brent Hawks giving his final Christmas service today. Because when you think Christmas in downtown Toronto, you think homosexuals.

    • Uncommunist

      if he was a heterosexual; he would have been convicted.

  • Ed

    Aren’t you just overwhelmed by the artist’s bravery?

    • Watchman

      About the only way to be noticed these days is to make up some artwork that is outrageous, because people aren’t going to recognize great art if you need an academic to tell you that you are looking at great art. Before the post-modern art era, most art spoke for itself and the average person could tell the difference between rubbish and good art.

      There’s even a name for this art of ‘Look at me, look at me, I’m edgy, I’m interesting!’, it’s called Transgressive Art, and art schools are full of it done by eager students hoping to be noticed in a crowd of their peers.

  • vimy

    Doing things like this just to get your art noticed just means your skills as an artist are not very notable.

  • WildWelshWoman

    He should try that again, but with Muhammad on the cross instead of Santa and see how well that goes!