The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012,” reports Fox News.
Called “Truth,” the painting shows a crown of thorns rests on the president’shead.
Its original unveiling at New York City’s Union Square was cancelled nearly four years ago because of charges of blasphemy.
“The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically,” D’Antuono told Fox News. “My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
D’Antuono blamed the controversy on conservative media “trying to promote the idea that liberals believe the president to literally be our savior,” reports Fox News.