Artwork depicting health employees on the COVID-19 frontline as Christian saints has riled the Orthodox Church.
The contentious posters have been emerging across Bucharest and therefore are a part of an effort to thank Romania’s health team.
“That is an insult of Christian iconography, a pitiful artistic effort,” Vasile Bănescu, spokesman for the Romanian Orthodox Church informed Euronews.
“It isn’t only blasphemous but also an offense to the honorable profession of physicians, who don’t think of themselves as saints, or improvised saviors and don’t assert a public cult”
Romanian illustrator Wanda Hutira is supporting the art and teaming up with global marketing agency McCann Worldgroup for your effort.
“We wanted to demonstrate appreciation for the healthcare professionals that are reaching the impossible in their struggle against COVID-19,” agents of the bureau told Euronews.
“Despite responses coming from the Orthodox Church and a few believers, we had no intention to offend or provoke anybody, simply to communicate the job achieved by healthcare workers.”
The art portrays nurses and physicians as Christian saints and Hindu deities in a fashion mixing church artwork and animation aesthetics.
1 medical practitioner, working in a COVID-19-dedicated hospital, advised Euronews he appreciated the art.
“I find them fine, first, and well crafted, an advanced form of art with special care for details,” he explained.
“I can not know why the Romanian Orthodox Church goes contrary to the movement instead they should’ve endorsed it. Amidst a worldwide outbreak, the Orthodox Church gets riled up over a few drawings.
Another fan of these posters is that a Catholic clergyman. He advised Euronews he enjoyed the way the artist decided to praise frontline physicians.
“Likening them together with saints and deities from several religions is a gorgeous metaphor to share their attempt and also to demonstrate solidarity between all faiths at the surface of COVID-19,” he explained.
However, not all physicians were pleased with the drawings.
Adina Alberts stated: “Blasphemy today is much more dangerous than ever before. We’re managing a global outbreak that nobody can stop and we ought to turn to the religious for replies. We’re just a link in the series of wonders. Doctors cure, but only God can cure”.
Alberts is the spouse of a businessman and politician Viorel Catarama who attempted purposely to have infected with COVID-19 and demonstrate that the virus isn’t harmful.
The posters are removed from specific locations following a petition of Bucharest City Hall to substitute the drawings having something which”won’t violate the religion of passersby”.
The vast majority of Romanians are Christian Orthodox and the Church retains substantial influence on political and social life in the traditional nation.
Individuals across Europe are discovering ways to thanks folks on the frontline of this pandemic.
Footage has revealed house-bound Italians, Spanish, French, and Brits carrying for their balconies to applaud crucial employees.