It angered Catholics before an April exhibit was canceled, but a Chocolate Jesus is being resurrected at a New York Art Gallery.
The six-foot milk chocolate sculpture titled “My Sweet Lord” depicts a nude, anatomically correct Jesus Christ hanging from an invisible cross. It will be flanked by a set of chocolate Catholic icons, including the Virgin Mary and half a dozen saints when the exhibit opens later this month.
The original exhibit had been scheduled to open four days before Good Friday, when Christians mark Christ’s crucifixion. That prompted an outcry and even death threats directed at the artist who created it.
But Cosimo Cavallaro says he also got a lot of positive mail from Catholics and theologians, and even people in monasteries. Saying “there is nothing offensive about this,” Cavallaro predicts a better reception this time around.