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.


barnsburntdownnow: Horse and RiderCypro-Arc…


Horse and Rider
Cypro-Archaic I, ca. 700-600 BCE
Terra cotta, from Cyprus

brooklynmuseum: Graduate students are here fr…


Graduate students are here from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University to create photogrammetric 3D models of Egyptian objects in our collection. Their project aims to eventually create a common portal so that other museums can also contribute to the collection of high-resolution 3D models. While they are mostly modeling the objects on display in the galleries, their project also provided a good opportunity for us to bring out some of our less-seen works so far kept in storage. Conservation was tasked with examining, documenting, and treating the 11 objects in storage, with the goal of cleaning to improve legibility and stabilizing as necessary for handling.

Most of these objects had never been thoroughly examined since they entered the Museum’s collection in the 1930s. After almost a century of sitting on storage shelves, they had accumulated so much grime that even the white stones looked black. Most of the pieces were made of limestone, a carbonate sedimentary rock that can often be powdery and very porous. The porosity results in dirt being drawn into the stone, rather than resting on the surface, which can make it trickier to clean. These pieces had also been coated or consolidated at some point in their history, likely to prevent powdering. The coatings seemed to have picked up and held onto significantly more black grime, rendering the surfaces patchy, illegible, and difficult to clean by traditional methods. Luckily, the Brooklyn Museum has a new Compact Phoenix laser system, which was able to very effectively remove the black grime. 

The term “laser” is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Essentially, a laser is a device that emits a very intense, directional form of light that can deliver energy to a surface. Materials at the surface of an object will either absorb or reflect the energy. In conservation, the most commonly used laser systems emit short pulses of infrared light, typically at a wavelength of 1064 nm. At this wavelength, most types of dirt will absorb the energy while the surface of the artwork will often reflect it harmlessly, allowing conservators to remove unwanted dirt layers without affecting the original material. The light energy absorbed by the dirt is immediately converted to heat energy, generating forces strong enough to break apart and expel the dirt particles away from the surface. This process is called ablation. When used correctly, laser cleaning can be gentle and controllable as it does not require touching the surface of the object. It can also be remarkably efficient and effective, drastically cutting down on treatment time compared to conventional methods. 

For the rest of the limestone pieces in this project, laser cleaning resulted in a literal difference of black and white!

At the Market by Vilmos Aba-Novák

At the Market by Vilmos Aba-Novák

acrylicalchemy: Michael Carini | MOSTLY FOR HE…


Michael Carini | MOSTLY FOR HER

Get your poem at

Ashley Seil Smith

Ashley Seil Smith

And though she was surrounded by a crippling a…

And though she was surrounded by a crippling and blinding darkness, she was the light she sought. She just needed to open her eyes and peer through the hazy illusion of abyss that she created to see it.

Kenesha Sneed

Kenesha Sneed

Still Life with Snail by Josef Lauer

Still Life with Snail by Josef Lauer

catonhottinroof: Sidney Harold Meteyard (1868…


Sidney Harold Meteyard (1868-1947)

Penelope at her loom

hadrian6: Detail : Euclid. 1630-35. Jusepe de…


Detail : Euclid. 1630-35. Jusepe de Ribera. Spanish 1591-1652. oil/canvas.