Since ancient times, a wide array of painters have obtained fame through their impressive works of art. Many of them have created timeless masterpieces that remain close to the hearts of people, even until today. However, some of the most famous painters in history are also known for their offensive paintings, which have become controversial either because of their erotic depictions or their blasphemous impressions. Here is a list of the 25 most offensive paintings ever created in history. What painting has offended you the most?
20. Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci
www.telegraph.co.uk Another painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin of the Rocks currently hangs at the Louvre and has been a major source of controversy since it was introduced. This painting basically depicts the Immaculate Concepcion, which the Roman Catholic Church finds offensive because Mary and Jesus Christ do not have halos.
15. Night Watch by Rembrandt
arthistorygalore.wordpress.com Night Watch by renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt is one of the most offensive paintings ever made in history. Known for his depiction of mundane life in his paintings, Rembrandt incorporated a bit of mystery in this masterpiece as it depicted the gathering of the Musketeers and used dim colors.
10. The Origin of the World by Gustave Courbet
tom-flynn.blogspot.com This bold painting (censored due to graphic material) by Gustave Courbet depicts graphical yet realistic eroticism in an effort to protest against academic paintings and their smooth, idealised nudes.
5. The Last Judgment by Michelangelo
www.robinurton.com Currently displayed on the altar of the Sistine Chapel, this painting by Michelangelo sparked controversy and dispute between the supporters of Michelangelo and the Roman Catholic Church. According to the church, the painting’s depiction of nude figures makes it more suitable for public baths than for religious structures like churches.
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