Graham Sutherland “The Risen Christ” (1960) / ballpoint pen  In 1963, this painting was damaged while on view at the Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, UK. An unidentified 46-year-old woman visiting the church used a ballpoint pen to inscribe her signature on the piece, later telling authorities the work was “obscene” and filled her with loathing. The painting was soon restored and placed back on public view.

Graham Sutherland “The Risen Christ” (1960) / ballpoint pen

In 1963, this painting was damaged while on view at the Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, UK. An unidentified 46-year-old woman visiting the church used a ballpoint pen to inscribe her signature on the piece, later telling authorities the work was “obscene” and filled her with loathing. The painting was soon restored and placed back on public view.

Christopher Schreck