Bloomberg Law
Aug. 25, 2020, 10:31 AMUpdated: Aug. 28, 2020, 8:06 PM

Jesus Art Fight Fueled by Litigation Finance (Corrected)

Roy Strom
Roy Strom

Akiane Kramarik gained fame in 2003 as a 9-year-old for painting a handsome, green-eyed Jesus Christ that she said appeared to her during divine visions, telling Oprah Winfrey her talent “comes from God.”

“Prince of Peace” remains one of the most recognized depictions of Jesus around the globe. It was bolstered by the Greg Kinnear-starring movie “Heaven is For Real,” and mass-marketed by Carol Corneliuson, whose Christian art business served as Kramerik’s licensing arm for more than a decade, selling her art for as much as $75,000.

But as Kramarik reached adulthood, her growing discomfort over the partnership led to ...

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