Mark Twain wrote:[Man] They are the only animals with a true religion and some of them. ”
When I read (and twice When I re-read it) for some reason the Twain quote popped into my head. To unilaterally alter historical art.
In this example, an alteration was made to remove the angel’s wings and cover Maria’s “cleavage” (gasp!) in Carlo Maratta’s painting “Sacred Night”.
I wholeheartedly agree that one of the fundamental rights of this nation is the freedom to wear one’s religion proudly on one’s sleeve and show it off to all, but that freedom does not mean wearing that sleeve on someone else’s. It does not give you the right to deliberately rub your nose.
Hadlock’s claim that he and his religion have a “right” to alter historical icons violates that freedom.
For example, many of the portraits of Jesus based on the LDS were unilaterally altered to reflect Jesus’ Middle Eastern genetics, and a typical Western European man with a neatly manicured beard. Can you indicate a short, dark-skinned person instead of a white male?
of course not. Neither do I.
Nor should Hadlock and the Church of Latter-day Saints alter historical art based on personal and church-based religious beliefs about the self-defined immorality of showing small cleavage.
Draw your own art and leave other people’s art alone. Otherwise, you are rubbing your own religious sleeves against someone else’s nose.
Or, as Hadlock advised, “Don’t look too long at the sun,” don’t look at the painting.
Thomas Edwards, Logan
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