Michael D’Antuono's 'Truth,' a painting that depicts President Obama posed as Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, has gone on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
The painting is part of an exhibit called 'Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012' and will be on display until Dec. 15, reports Fox News.
A spokesperson for the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery told Fox News there hasn’t been any criticism of the painting, which was supposed to debut about four years ago at New York City’s Union Square, but was axed due to public opposition.
D’Antuono told Fox News: “I always regretted canceling my exhibit in New York because I feel my First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings. We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves. The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically. My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
D’Antuono blamed the controversy on the right wing media, which was “trying to promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior. But I accepted that it is their right to express themselves and hope that they now see it in their hearts to afford me the same right."
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