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.

 

hildegardavon:

Frederic Leighton, 1830-1896 

Study for a picture, ‘Ariadne abandoned by Theseus’ with its frame; Ariadne kneeling on the sea shore, and looking away over the sea with arms outstretched, within an elaborate frame, with Ariadne lying on the ground by the sea, as a predella below graphite; on tracing paper

  • British Museum                                Inv. 1897,0512.33

  • hildegardavon:

    Joseph François Ducq, 1762-1829

    The dream of Daphnis in which the Nymphs foretell the safe return of Chloe, 1824, oil on canvas, 98×130,8 cm

    Private Collection (Sotheby’s)

    celestial-cartography:

    Monoceros, Canis Major and Canis Minor constellations, from A Celestial Atlas (1822) by Alexander Jamieson

    acrylicalchemy:

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    noelcollection:

    These two oversize bookplates were found in the same volume. They belong to two bearers of the title of Earl Ferrers, a peerage created in 1711.

    Images from: Richard Blackmore’s Prince Arthur. An heroick poem. In ten books… London : printed for Awnsham and John Churchil at the black Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, 1695.

    Call Number: PR3318 .B5 P7 1695

    Catalog record: https://bit.ly/2HEmP8w

    talleyrandsghost:

    Jean-Baptiste Deshays (1729-1769) Seated Satyr Leaning Backward

    hildegardavon:

    Jean-Baptiste-Henri Deshays, 1729-1765

    The Abduction of Helen, ca.1761, oil on canvas, 54×87 cm

    The Young Legion of Honor              Inv. 54.4

    paintingispoetry:

    Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Portrait of Hortense Mancini, duchesse de Mazarin, as Aphrodite, ca. 1675

    tiny-librarian:

    Hortense Mancini as Cleopatra VII.

    It depicts the, now largely though to be fictional, incident where Cleopatra
    is said to have dissolved a large pearl earring in a glass of wine and
    proceeded to drink it to impress Antony with her extravagance.