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.


I’ve got a collection of these awesome cubes available. I love the harsh, yet seamless juxtaposition of organic and inorganic as they blend in perfect impossibility. Message me to get yours.

CariniArts.com | Michael Carini


“As The Son Touches The Moon.” Acrylic on canvas. 24in x 24in. Prints available at CariniArts.com in a variety of sizes. Message me for the original, which is still available.

“As The Son Touches The Moon” is one of my more playful and minimalistic pieces. Sometimes less is more and this has always been a piece I’ve enjoyed having around with its lighter and jovial undertones. Sometimes you have to take the impossible leap and go for everything you’ve ever dreamed possible…and impossible. 



Traprain Law Hack Silver Hoard (5th Century CE), National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, December 2019.


The Chimera of Arezzo. circa 400 BC 

Etruscan bronze statue depicting the legendary monster. It was originally part of a group with Bellerophon and Pegasus.    http://hadrian6.tumblr.com


Coin with an image of Aphilas, king of Aksum

* Axum was a kingdom located in Modern Etiopia, Eritrea and Yemen. Strategically located country played an important role in international trade and was regarded a great power (along with Rome, Persia and China)

* gold, early 4th century CE




Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
    Creator  Reinhard Saczewski; Copyright Notice: CC BY-NC-SA


Usurper Domitius Domitianus (d, 297 CE)

Domitianus revolted against Diocletianus in 297 CE and was defeated a few months later. He ruled long enough to issue coins though and in this case propaganda is, shall we say rather straightforward ;).

obverse: image of the new emperor

Reverse: “GENIO POPV-L-I ROMANI // ALE.  Notice the cornucopia that Genius is holding…

The coin was struck in Alexandria. 


Source: Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
           Lutz-Jürgen Lübke (Lübke und Wiedemann)  Copyright Notice: CC BY-NC-SA


Apollonio di Archia, Doriforo (I sec. a.C.), da Villa dei Papiri – Ercolano, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Napoli.


Jean Louis Theodore Gericault, Seated Male Nude from Behind, 1816


Academic Study of a Man by Theodore Gericault


Theodore Gericault (Rouen 1791-1824 Paris), Head of Youth, ca. 1821-24,  Art gallery of South Australia-Adelaide