OIL PAINTING: St Elizabeth of Hungary's Great Act of Reunification, 1891
A number of outraged Catholics voiced their objections to this paining, contending that Calderon had misinterpreted the medieval texts which he had used as authority. Writing in The Times the Jesuit R.F. Clarke particularly took objection to Calderon's rendering of the Latin "nudus" into the English "nude", the latter meaning more or less "naked", the former having a wider, metaphorical implication: "to suppose that St. Elizabeth voluntarily stripped herself naked to imitate [Christ's] involuntary and most pitiful nakedness [at the Crucifixion] is an idea utterly repulsive to Christian feeling, and would make her a madwoman, not a saint". The Catholic Union of Great Britain even lobbied the Council of the Royal Academy to cancel the purchase of the work b he Chantrey Bequest on the ground that the paining was likely to be misunderstood as evidence of a perverse Catholic ritual reinforcing anti-Catholic prejudice and halting the progress of denominational integration.