A painting portraying Santa Claus on the cross outrages churchgoers outside a historic cathedral

Rare | 12/25/2017 | Alex Thomas
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and shows Saint Nicholas hanging above a group of presents; his jacket is undone to expose his belly and his face is hidden by his hat. The portrait hung in the Manhattan gallery for less than 48 hours before it was removed.\r\n\r\n


Churchgoers in New York City came across a disturbing image on Sunday when an artist propped up his painting of a crucified Santa Claus outside the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Robert Cenedella, who is the artist behind the macabre artwork, angered a lot of parishioners on Christmas Eve as they walked through Midtown. New York City councilman Joe Borelli was especially outraged with the spectacle, telling the New York Post “You have to be a real piece of **** to try to ruin Christmas for children and families coming out of Mass. For shame!”

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Cenedella’s painting was hanging in a Manhattan gallery before it was removed after patrons hit the owners with a barrage of complaints, per Page Six. The painting is entitled “The Presence of Man” and shows Saint Nicholas hanging above a group of presents; his jacket is undone to expose his belly and his face is hidden by his hat. The portrait hung in the Manhattan gallery for less than 48 hours before it was removed.

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