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.


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Flashback to artwork on display at ALEXANDER SALAZAR FINE ART. The original on the far right is still available and the two pieces on the left are available as canvas reproductions. If you’re looking for artwork for your home or office, please contact me. I’m currently accepting commissions and can ship worldwide.

philamuseum: Regarded as Randolph Rogers’s …


Regarded as Randolph Rogers’s last great work, “The Lost Pleiad” exemplifies his flair for dynamic compositions and successfully evokes weightless flight in a freestanding sculpture.

 “The Lost Pleiad,” modeled 1874; carved 1875–81, by Randolph Rogers 

Gladiolas in a Vase by Pierre-Auguste Renoir…

Gladiolas in a Vase by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1874 – 1875

fordarkmornings: Details from Les Bacchantes E…


Details from Les Bacchantes Endormies 

René Gaillard after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)



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cma-modern-european-art: Vénus Astarté (Semit…


Vénus Astarté (Semitic goddess of fertility and love), Auguste Rodin , c. 1900, Cleveland Museum of Art: Modern European Painting and Sculpture

This relief of a female nude standing in water may represent the only time the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin provided an ornament for a precious object: a gold and enamel hand mirror (see photo) designed by Felix Braquemond (1833-1914). The mirror-acquired by the museum in 1978-was made for Baron Joseph Vitta, one of Rodin’s most important patrons during the years around 1900, and it was probably for this reason that the artist agreed to the commission. This plaster cast of Rodin’s nude was an intermediate version of the subject. Although the images on the mirror and the plaster cast were clearly derived from the same mold, there are significant differences in the figure’s hair. Rodin probably changed the wax version (from which the gold relief of the mirror was made by lost-wax casting) before he used it.
Size: Overall: 14.2 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm (5 9/16 x 3 ¾ x 5/8 in.)
Medium: plaster

europeansculpture: Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) …


Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) -Le désespoir (grand modèle) – vers 1893

discardingimages: Bucephalus



Armenian version of the Alexander Romance, Sulu Manastir 1544

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Armenian MS 3, fol. 42v

lostlilgirl: 33w44ft: bbbwitched: thrintage…







“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”

I will reblog this until the end of time. 


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oncanvas: The Griffin, Martin Schongauer, cir…


The Griffin, Martin Schongauer, circa 1480s

10.1 x 9.7 cm (4 x 3.81 in.)
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA