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.


amntenofre: gold armlet decorated with the …


gold armlet decorated with the Eye Goddess, the “Eye of Ra”, with four wings, wearing the Double Crown and standing on a lotus flower; detail.
From the Pyramid of Queen/Kandake Amanishaketo (I century BCE) in the northern Royal Necropolis of Meroë (N6). Now in the Egyptian Museum of Munich…

grandegyptianmuseum: Zodiac hieroglyphs fro…


Zodiac hieroglyphs from the Tomb of Seti I

Historical artwork of the hieroglyphs from the ceiling of the tomb belonging to Seti I, a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (r. ca. 1290-1279 BC) and the second ruler of the 19th Dynasty. Seti’s well preserved tomb (KV17) was found in 1817 by Giovanni Battista Belzoni in the Valley of the Kings. It was the longest (at over than 120 meters) and deepest of all the New Kingdom royal tombs. Published in I monumenti dell’Egitto e della Nubia (The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia) between 1832 and 1844. Science Photo Library

poboh:The Spider, 1884, Gyzis Nikolaous / Γυζη…


The Spider, 1884, Gyzis Nikolaous / Γυζης Νικόλαος. Greek (1842 – 1901)
– Oil on Panel –

spoutziki-art: Tilla Durieux as Circe by Fr…


Tilla Durieux as Circe by Franz von Stuck – circa 1912-1913

hildegardavon: Leonor Fini, 1908-1996 


Leonor Fini, 1908-1996 

Penthesilée de Keist, 1958, aquarelle, 32×23 cm  (Designs for the Theater)

hildegardavon: John McKirdy Duncan, 1866-1945 …


John McKirdy Duncan, 1866-1945

The Legend of Orpheus [Eurydice] (detail of the central and final panel), 1895, watercolor, 80×60 cm 

Private Collection

lionofchaeronea: Helen of Troy, Dante Gabriel…


Helen of Troy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1863

hildegardavon: Thomas Couture, 1815-1879Hor…


Thomas Couture, 1815-1879

Horace and Lydia, after 1843, oil on panel, 21,5×27 cm

Walters Art Museum                  Inv. 37.23

The subjects of this painting have traditionally been identified as the Roman poet, Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BC) and Lydia, a Roman courtesan, who figures prominently in the poet’s “Odes.” An identical composition, though distinguished by more dramatic illumination, is in the Wallace collection, London, inv. P340, dated 1843, listed as “A Roman Feast.”

met-drawings-prints: Idyll: a naked youth sea…


Idyll: a naked youth seated outdoors on a plinth playing a double flute, a goat on the ground before him by Mariano Fortuny, 1838–1874, Drawings and Prints

Gift of Junius S. Morgan
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Etching

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