10 Of The Most Controversial Paintings Ever Created


Myra is a painting by the artist Marcus Harvey of Myra Hindley that is made out of the handprints of little kids. Along with Ian Brady, Myra Hindley was responsible for the brutal murder of 5 kids aged between 10 and 17 years old in the years 1963 to 1965. As soon as the painting was put on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art back in 1997, it was attacked by members of the public, who splattered the canvas with ink and eggs.

The Black Christ

Back in 1962, a South African artist Ronald Harrison painted Lord Jesus as a black man. Jesus Christ was portrayed by president of African National Congress Albert Luthuli. Albert was Christ crucified, surrounded by the former Justice Minister John Vorster and the former Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd serving as Roman soldiers. After the painting was displayed in 1962 at St. Luke’s Church in Cape Town, the artist was taken into custody and tortured by police.