A Work of Art
COMMISSIONED: One ceiling-sized poster of your SIstine Chapel 50th anniversary cover (Sept. 27) for my house. Renaissance men Bob Roe, Bill Syken and Jeff Wong have created a masterpiece of sports history that I must take lying down.
Jeff Elder, Denver, N.C.
Sports really does bring delight and renewal to all of us. As the God of creation would certainly say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Joan Barbary, Scituate, Mass.
The Sistine Chapel is a beautiful memorial to the works of Michelangelo and his love for God. To see it replicated as a paean to sports and the materialistic attitudes that permeate our society repulses and saddens me. How angry God must be to see this wonderful tribute to His honor and glory abused and cheapened.
Sharon Wilcox, Tallahassee, Fla.
Bob Roe had it right in the beginning--a really sick idea.
John S. Ritchie, Lebanon, Ohio
I know that to many Americans who are secular humanists, parodying Michelangelo's masterpiece with the images of athletes is merely a matter of replacing one mythology with another. However, when I looked closely at how the images of the story of Creation (which is a story of great love and spiritual depth) had been replaced with the images of athletes (who epitomize shallowness and self-centeredness), I realized how great the offense was.