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What if Madiba was Rasta?

An unfinished painting "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp" by local artist Yuill Damaso is seen in a shopping mall in Sandton suburb of Johannesburg, July 10, 2010. The painting depicts (L to R) former president Thabo Mbeki, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, politician Cyril Ramaphosa, Planning Commission head Trevor Manuel, current President Jacob Zuma, former president F.W. de Klerk watching as Nkosi Johnson, a 12-year-old boy who died of HIV, performs an autopsy on former president Nelson Mandela. According to local newspapers, the African National Congress (ANC) called the painting "an insult to South Africans" on Friday. It is a modern version of a 17th century artwork by Rembrandt called "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp", which depicts doctors watching an autopsy of a criminal. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)

An unfinished painting "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp" by local artist Yuill Damaso is seen in a shopping mall in Sandton suburb of Johannesburg, July 10, 2010. The painting depicts (L to R) former president Thabo Mbeki, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, politician Cyril Ramaphosa, Planning Commission head Trevor Manuel, current President Jacob Zuma, former president F.W. de Klerk watching as Nkosi Johnson, a 12-year-old boy who died of HIV, performs an autopsy on former president Nelson Mandela. According to local newspapers, the African National Congress (ANC) called the painting "an insult to South Africans" on Friday. It is a modern version of a 17th century artwork by Rembrandt called "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp", which depicts doctors watching an autopsy of a criminal. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)

Published Nov 15, 2010

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A few months ago, controversy broke out when local artist Yiull Damaso depicted Nelson Mandela in a painting called 'The Nightwatch'.

In this painting Madiba is a corpse, surrounded by current South African politicians who watch on as Nkosi Johnson performs an anatomy lesson.

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