There are times when it seems that people have nothing better to do than drudge up someone's past in an effort to discredit them. This was seen when the success of Barack Obama's portrait artist, Kehinde Wiley, was met by criticism that some of his paintings show Black women decapitating white people.
Although these people tried to come for Wiley, other people more well-versed in art history immediately schooled them with the facts.
For those unfamiliar with Wiley's work, he is only known as the lucky artist chosen to paint the official Smithsonian portrait of the 44th president. As his name rose in popularity, his past work was scrutinized by the media.
In a 2012 explanation of the work from the North Carolina Museum of Art foundation, the description read:
"Judith and Holofernes is from Wiley's most recent body of work and his first series of paintings to feature female subjects.
"Wiley translates this image of a courageous, powerful woman into a contemporary version that resonates with fury and righteousness."
In a 2012 New York Magazine piece, Wiley explained his inspiration was derived from the renditions of the Biblical scene by Renaissance artists Caravaggio and Gentileschi.
Wiley is known for painting Black, contemporary subjects in situations seen in classic art, which is why he illustrated Judith as a strong, Black woman.
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