Polish church to show painting depicting Jewish killing of Christian children

‘Ritual Murder’ by Charles de Prevot to go on display as Sandomierz Cathedral marks Catholic Church’s International Day of Judaism

Mord Rytualny, by Charles de Prevot (photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
Mord Rytualny, by Charles de Prevot (photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

WARSAW, Poland — An 18th-century painting depicting the ritual murder of Christian children by Jews will be uncovered and available for viewing at a Polish cathedral.

The Charles de Prevot painting “Mord Rytualny,” or “Ritual Murder,” will go on display Thursday at the cathedral in Sandomierz as the Catholic Church marks its International Day of Judaism.

A plaque next to the painting will inform viewers that the Jews did not actually commit ritual murder because it is prohibited by their faith. The information on the plaque was prepared by the Polish Episcopal Conference’s Committee for Dialogue with Judaism, according to the Polish daily Gazeta.

The painting has been mounted on a cathedral wall but has been hidden behind a red curtain since 2006 because of its offensive nature.

It is part of a series of works by de Prevot depicting the martyrdom of Christians showing brutal and realistic scenes of torture and murder by pagans.

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