In response to Paula's B&W Sunday - TRACES OF THE PAST
The painting is located on a building by the Porte de Flandre. It is a reproduction of detail from a work by 16th-century Italian painter Caravaggio. It depicts the patriarch Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac on God’s orders, only to be restrained by an angel.
"The painter did it without ladders. He could get the paint job with a roller brush with a retractable telescopic handle, "says an anonymous witness. "Starting from a small sketch on paper he put the work in color on the wall. In two and a half hours it was off. "
At the beginning of 2017 a few controversial murals appeared in Brussels. A dead body hanging upside down, struggling child with a knife to his neck, male & female genitalia high up on the walls of residential buildings. Some residents were shocked and many media outlets reported about complaints by some of the locals. The Bulletin magazine wrote that Brussels-City mayor Yvan Mayeur had said the painting could be seen as a call to violence, while Ans Persoons, Councillor in charge of culture and city planning said “I find it much too violent, and want to see it disappear as soon as possible.” The others, like the Flemish Minister for Culture and Brussels Sven Gatz expressed another view. He thinks that “art is free. Forbidden to forbid. Or are we going to ban Caravaggio as well?” (source We love Brussels)