5 days ago, we posted a photograph of the painting “The Hesperides Filling the Cornucopia” by the Dutch painter Conelis van Haarlem from 1622.

Unfortunately, that apparently was too much for Facebook and we ended up getting banned for 3 days.

Facebook’s own community standards, states:

We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but our intent is to allow images that are shared for medical or health purposes.

and then later:

We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.

In other words, Facebook claim that they allow photographs of paintings even if these paintings depics nude figures and yet, our post was removed, our account banned and it proved impossible to reach a sensible human being at Facebook (or rather – impossible to reach a human at all, sensible or not).

We get hundreds of idiotic click bait posts every single day, but we guess that is what Facebook feel is important.  In their minds, classical art is supposed to look like this:

This might seem a trivial or petty issue, but is it?  In the 16th century (a hundred years before the painting above), Pope Pius IX literally hacked of the penises of all the Greek statues in the Vatican.  Because of that act of insanity, these days the statues appear like this:

and a treasure was lost for eternity.

The fact that Facebook censor art even though they claim they do not represents the same level of vandalism.  It is a process of dumbing down people to the lowest denominator.  Facebook might claim to be doing the right thing, but in reality that is all bs and Facebook will prefer to feed it’s users an endless amount of – mostly paid – click bait.

Please share this post.  Perhaps if enough people share this, Facebook will wake up and realize that art should not be censored.



Unknown Ancient Settlement, Malham Cove, Yorkshire.

There are large numbers of ancient sites within the area of Malham. Pictured here seems to be an ancient route and two sets of roundhouse foundations. Sited in a sheltered valley this would have been a good location to protect a community from harsh elements.


‘Rigging Stones’ Ancient Rock Features, Lancashire and Calderdale Borders.


‘Rigging Stones’ Ancient Rock Features, Lancashire and Calderdale Borders.


Jar with lid (stamnos)

Unknown artist, Etruscan

Jar with lid (stamnos), late 4th century BCE-3rd century BCE


RISD Museum


A Pair of Bronze Spiral Fibulas

Culture : European, Bronze Age
Period : late 2nd – early 1st millennium B.C.
Material : Bronze

via Phoenix Ancient Art


Bronze Grotesque (Greek 2nd Century B.C. – 1st Century A.D.)


Mythological papyri of Tahenenmut

Egypt, Third Intermediate Period

National Museum, Warsaw


Prospero Alpini, Historiae Aegypti Naturalis Pars Prima, 18th century


Relief of Goddess Isis

Mural depicts the goddess Isis,

wears a headress of cow horns and a sun disk. Isis is one of the main characters of the Osiris myth, in which she resurrects her slain husband, the divine king Osiris, and produces and protects his heir, Horus. She was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife as she had helped Osiris, and she was considered the divine mother of the pharaoh, who was likened to Horus.

From the Tomb of Horemheb (KV57). New Kingdom, late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1319-1292 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.


Gilded decorated disk

The silver disk was gilded. The decoration shows a kneeling man fighting with a lion. Above him a ram is depicted, flanked by two lions with gaping maws. At the bottow there are two dogs and a cow’s head in the middle. 

The style indicates a thracian orgin and ended up in the Netherlands either as booty won by the Celts or a piece of merchandise. 

1st century BC

Found in the Netherlands, Limburg, Helden

Source: Leiden Museum of Antiquities