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.


fleurdulys: Circe – Jean Jules Badin


Circe – Jean Jules Badin



Theseus and Ariadne, Rudolph Suhrlandt, 1811



Arthur Heyer, An Interesting Discovery, 1923, oil on canvas, Dorotheum

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 – 1755), Parakeet, d…

Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 – 1755), Parakeet, detail, oil on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Strasbourg

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), Lake G…

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), Lake George with White Birch, 1921. Oil on canvas.



Michael Carini | Peaces of a Piece of Mind | Acrylic on Canvas | 48in x 36in



“All things fade into the storied past, and in a little while are shrouded in oblivion. Even to men whose lives were a blaze of glory, this comes to pass; as to the rest, the breath is hardly out of them before, in Homer’s words, they are “lost to sight alike and hearsay”. What, after all, is immortal fame? An empty, hollow thing. To what, then, must we aspire? This, and this alone: the just thought, the unselfish act, the tongue that utters no falsehood, the temper that greets each passing event as something predestined, expected and emanating from the One source and origin.”

Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, born on this date, April 26, in 121 CE.  


Marcus Aurelius, fragment of a bronze portrait. Roman artwork, after 170 CE. Collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo by: Marie-Lan Nguyen (2007) via Wikimeida Commons (X). License: Public Domain.

Marcus Aurelius took up the age and attire of a philosopher at the age of 11. He began to keep a record of his thoughts in the year 170, for his own benefit and guidance, never intending for it to be published. A single copy in Greek survived, and was first published, with a Latin translation, in 1559.  You can read his Meditations here.

Read the Eulogium on Marcus Aurelius by Antoine Léonard Thomas here.

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Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Oleanders…

Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Oleanders, 1888. Oil on canvas.

William J. Glackens, Bal Martinique, 1926.

William J. Glackens, Bal Martinique, 1926.

False Mercury by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

False Mercury by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

British, 1882-1898

watercolor touched with gold on paper

British Museum