Nelson Mandela on the autopsy table – indignation in Pretoria

A painting that depicts Nelson Mandela on an autopsy table caused outrage on Saturday to South African ruling party, although the author argues that he wanted only to bring a tribute to the former president.

Damaso Yuill’s work presents Mandela dead, lying on an autopsy table, under the eyes of South African political figures.

The painting, exhibited in a gallery in Johannesburg, provoked outrage in the political arena. “ANC is deeply shocked and firmly condemns the painting entitled “Mandela dead” said a statement of South African ruling party.

“It’s distasteful, disrespectful and an insult to our society values” say ANC adding that this painting is “racist” and pointing out that many South Africans consider the a dead man in a painting as an act of witchcraft.

Damaso Yuill claims that he had no intention of offending Mandela. The painting shows “Mandela’s flesh and bones, which proves he is a man, like all of us,” he said, for the Saturday Star newspaper. “He has done great things, has a huge national and international influence, but the picture reminds that he is an ordinary man”, said the artist.

The painting, inspired by The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt (1632), presents the Nkosi Johnson, who became a symbol of the fight against AIDS, but also Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize, President Jacob Zuma, the former President Thabo Mbeki and the opposition leader Helen Zilla.

Mandela, who face many health problems, will do 92 years on July 18. He rarely appeared in public lately, and his presence at the World Cup final on Sunday is still uncertain.

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Experts discovered the code of Michelangelo hidden in the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo is recognized as one of the greatest Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor. What we don’t know much about him is that he was extremely passionate about anatomy and that, at one point, he persuaded a hospital to let him study the corpses. But he destroyed almost all the notes and anatomical drawings.

A couple of American neuroanatomic experts believe that Michelangelo left some anatomical illustrations behind one of his best known works, the Sistine Chapel.

The artist painted his masterpiece between 1508 and 1512 in Rome and since then has been admired by millions of tourists.

Ian Suk and Rafel Tamargo think the last scene of the Chapel ceiling, in which God separates light from dark with his hands very precisely depicts the spinal cord and brainstem.

They observed that God’s neck and chest shows anatomical irregularities, not present in other paintings of the Chapel, and are differently enlightened, on purpose.

Experts overlapped the neck from the painting over a photograph of the human brain. Surprise: the two images matched perfectly! They have added a piece of God’s clothing that fits well with the spinal cord.

The two experts say that Michelangelo created this info as a secret message of the painting, but could not say what it means.

Dr. R. Douglas Fields from the University of Maryland, said that it could be several interpretations.

“Maybe the paintings from the Sistine Chapel doesn’t show that God gives Adam’s intelligence but that intelligence, observation and body that makes them possible, are directly from God and not mediated by the church,” said Fields. Michelangelo hated opulence and corruption of the Catholic Church.

The doctor says that the painting could be a Rorshach test, ie: an image that says more about the viewer and not the author, so it’s no wonder that experts in anatomy saw anatomical drawings in Michelangelo’s paintings.

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Picasso creation damaged at N.Y. museum

Pablo Picasso’s painting “The Actor” will undergo repair work, due to a woman’s visit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which fell onto the painting and tore the canvas, according to the museum staff.

It seems that the Picasso work was damaged on Friday after a visitor lost her balance and fell onto the unusually large 6-foot, 4-inch work.

According to museum staff, the six-inch tear is on the lower right-hand corner of the painting.
For now we don’t have any details about the incident beyond saying the visitor fell onto the painting.

Moreover, the painting must be ready for the late April exhibition of 250 works by Picasso, according to the museum staff.

Therefore, seems that this painting marked Picasso’s move from his “Blue period” to his “Rose period,” when his creations showcased costumed acrobats reminiscent of characters in Italian comedy stage plays, said a museum source.

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