Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Facebook prohibits museum’s post depicting ancient nude sculptures

A Geneva art museum says Facebook prohibited it from promoting an upcoming exhibit with images of two statues — a half-naked Venus and a nude, kneeling man. The museum's “Caesar and the Rhone” exhibit pulls together works from the Louvre Museum in Paris, an antiquities museum in Arles, France, and other institutions to convey Caesar’s invasion of the Rhone River region.

The marble statue of “Venus of Arles” was made in the first century. The first-century B.C. bronze of a bearded captive shows him with his hands seemingly bound behind his back, symbolizing Rome’s triumph over Gallic tribes.
In early 2018 Facebook censorship made headlines after the company judged that the Venus of Willendorf as too offensive. The Venus of Willendorf is a world famous statue of a naked woman carved in stone. The 4.4-inch figurine was created sometime between 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.

Facebook has also censored artwork from Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, including a loin clothed Jesus in 'The Descent from the Cross' (1612–14).