It’s Rubens vs. Facebook in debate over artistic nudity

Visitors to the Louvre admire Peter Paul Rubens’ painting titled ‘Ixion king of Lapiths deceived by Juno he wished to seduce,’ where it was on view. Photo by Jean-Pol Grandmont. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

BRUSSELS (AP) — For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure. And now, even in 2018, his Baroque paintings are still jolting the internet.

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Valuable painting returns to town after 11 years in storage

Afghans, a painting by Alexandre Iacovleff. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – A valuable painting that hung unnoticed in a Massachusetts school for decades is returning to town after 11 years in storage and following a fight over whether to sell it or keep it.

The Sun Chronicle reports the piece by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938), titled, Afghans, will be returned to North Attleborough on Tuesday and displayed in the police station lobby.

The painting was donated to the town in 1951 and hung in a school until 2007 when a resident brought its value to the attention of officials.

The town wanted to sell it and use the money to fund art education. It could have fetched as much as $2 million at auction.

A relative of the donors objected, saying the painting was a gift meant to be enjoyed.


Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle

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Malcolm X manuscript sells for $7,000 at Guernsey’s auction

Page 1 of the typed Malcolm X manuscript. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK (AP) – For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th-century book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965?

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