Italy: Renowned Artist Depicts Ritual Murder of White Child; Jews Enraged
A BRILLIANT ITALIAN painter who dares to paint in the tradition of the Old Masters also dared this week to produce a work depicting the ritual murder of a White child by Jews, which historians and researchers have been investigating as a real phenomenon. Jewish groups immediately attacked the painter and his newly-unveiled work, which they called “a grotesquely anti-Semitic depiction of hook-nosed Jews engaged in the ‘ritual murder'” of an infant.
Giovanni Gasparro, an artist based in the Adriatic port city of Bari, uploaded images of the 7-ft X 5-ft painting on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Titled “The Martyrdom of St. Simon of Trento in Accordance With Jewish Ritual Murder,” it shows an infant boy surrounded by a crowd of sinister Jewish men, some of whom are holding knives and surgical implements and have blood-stained fingers, who strangle the boy, cut him open, and drain his blood.
The Jewish newspaper, the Algemeiner, complained that Gasparro’s brush “purposively accentuates the stereotypes of classic anti-Semitism: large hooked noses, yellowing uneven teeth, blood-stained fingers and visceral pleasure at forcing a non-Jewish child to suffer…. As the child in the painting weeps with fear, the Jewish figures cackle and laugh with manic energy.”
The historical event on which Gasparro’s painting is based occurred on March 21, 1475, when the disappearance of a two-year-old child named Simon in the northern Italian city of Trento sparked outrage and revenge. When the body of the little boy was discovered later that week — it was said, in the cellar of a Jewish man named Samuel — a storm of anger erupted around Easter time. The Jewish community was arrested en masse, according to Jewish sources themselves, and confessions were obtained, admitting that Jews had murdered Simon in a bloody ritual. Fifteen Jews were punished by burning at the stake. Today, Jews say the confessions were obtained under torture and are therefore invalid.
In later centuries, Simon was regarded as a martyr by the Catholic Church, though that church has now adopted a fawning pro-Jewish stance and rescinded the martyr designation at Jewish request.
An artist who often, though not always, concentrates on devotional Christian themes, the 36-year-old Gasparro has been hailed by some art critics for his technical brilliance, as well as for his choice of traditional, figurative painting over “modern art.”
Gasparro has exhibited his work in Italy and other countries for more than 20 years. His career highlights have included solo exhibitions in Paris in 2009 and at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
Also in 2011, Gasparro was commissioned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Italy’s L’Aquila region to restore a medieval basilica that had been badly damaged in an earthquake. In 2013, he was awarded Italy’s prestigious Pio Alferano prize for “young and talented artists.”
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Source: National Vanguard correspondents