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.


Anna Kö

Anna Kövecses

The Flower Garden – Laguna by Joseph Kleitsc…

The Flower Garden – Laguna by Joseph Kleitsch – 1922

Untitled #31, 2014, Lucia Fainzilber

Untitled #31, 2014, Lucia Fainzilber



Michael Carini | As The Caged Bird Sings 

Guercino, The Dead Christ Mourned by Two…


The Dead Christ Mourned by Two Angels, 1618.

met-medieval-art: Gold Buckle with Garnets, Me…


Gold Buckle with Garnets, Medieval Art

Purchase, Rogers Fund, Alastair B. Martin, Norbert Schimmel Foundation Inc., and Levy Hermanos Foundation Inc. Gifts, and funds from various donors, 1986
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Gold, garnets with patterned foil backing, cloisonné garnets



Withypool Triptych, Saint Ursula (triptych, right panel)
Antonio Solario (active 1502–1518)
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

v-ersacrum: Elisabetta Sirani, Judith with the…


Elisabetta Sirani, Judith with the head of Holophernes (detail), 17th century

karrova: Pythagoras Advocating Vegetarianism …


Pythagoras Advocating Vegetarianism (detail), 1618-1630, by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders, inspired by Pythagoras’s speech in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Royal Collection.

Idle Hours, 1901, John William Godward 

Idle Hours, 1901, John William Godward