Art According to Facebook

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.


acrylicalchemy: Michael Carini | SHOP NOW Frac…


Michael Carini | SHOP NOW

Fractured Realities And Dreams Brought To Light

This painting tells the story of a female phoenix rising from the ashes 

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Apollo (from the Tarocchi, series D: Apollo and the Muses, #20), Master of the E-Series Tarocchi, before 1467, Cleveland Museum of Art: Prints

In Greek mythology, the Muses were goddesses who presided over different branches of the arts and sciences. They were the nine daughters of Zeus, king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Apollo, the god of light, music, prophecy, and poetry was their leader.
Medium: engraving hand-colored with gold

cma-drawings: The Temple of Vesta and the Fal…


The Temple of Vesta and the Falls at Tivoli, William Callow , 1859, Cleveland Museum of Art: Drawings

A meticulously finished, grand-scale presentation watercolor, this drawing was exhibited in 1860 at the Society of Painters in Watercolors in London. The view was taken from a low vantage point, foregrounding closely observed, moss-covered rocks amid the frothy cascade. Jewel-like, the Temple of Vesta surmounts the imposing cliff, gleaming white against a crisp, blue sky. The majesty of the view is underscored by the presence of nearly imperceptible figures in the far distance hanging linens to dry along the temple wall.
Size: Sheet: 75.1 x 57.8 cm (29 9/16 x 22 ¾ in.)
Medium: watercolor with gouache and graphite underdrawing

daughterofchaos: The Lost Pleiade, ca. 1874/7…


The Lost Pleiade, ca. 1874/75, Randolph Rogers

Art Institute of Chicago

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Bartolomeo Guidobono (Savona 1654 – 1709 Turin), Bacchus, circa 1700, oil on canvas, 148 x 118 cm. Genova, Museo Palazzo Reale

acrylicalchemy: Michael Carini | LEARN MORE “T…


Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“Midnight Dancer (Take Me Away)” was the very first painting I ever created for Deanne Hastings, my best friend and the person I loved most in the world. She used to call me her “Wings” and is the reason I have them tattooed on my back. Tragically, Deanne went missing in 2015 and has yet to be found. I still think about her every single day and a number of the paintings she inspired were sent to her family for her children to have one day.

This is one of the most valuable pieces I have in my studio. It is the two final postcards of the show I dedicated to her in 2010. If you take a close look, you can read the statement from the show. I came across these in my car long after she disappeared. I was also blessed to come across her handprints on my “10 Year Floor Canvas,” which also now hang in studio so she can continue to be with me as she continues to inspire me and my work. I hope I’m making her proud. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for her. I love how this photo picks up the reflection of the window likes it’s a window between here and heaven, allowing us to see each other again for just a moment.

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The columns of the Temple of Antoninus to right, a part of the Campo Vaccino in center and at left, along with various animals and figures, the Palatine ruins in the background, from ‘Six large views, four of Rome, and two of the Roman countryside’ (Six g, Drawings and Prints

Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Etching; second state of two



Details from Diane et Actéon by Pierre François Tardieu (French, 1711–1771). After François Boucher. 

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The Execution of Messalina, 1874, Gustave Moreau

Medium: oil,watercolor,canvas

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Georges Antoine Rochegrosse (French, 1859-1938) War and Peace.