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Art Censorship In Art

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“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice” is a famous quote from Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The suppression of expression, censorship, has existed for several centuries. It is an important topic often overlooked. In the 1530s, Michelangelo’s art, the Last Judgement, was painted over because the exposed bodies offended some. In 1907, Chicago, Illinois created a censorship regulation for films. In 1930s-1940s, Nazi-Germany prohibited any art deemed “un-German”. In 2002, the Department of Justice purchased material to drape over two partially-nude sculptures that have been in the department building since the 1930s. Censorship is not a new topic, but it is definitely becoming a widespread issue. While some people argue that art censorship is for the good of humanity, others contend that is is injustice and it takes away freedom of expression. Before researching the topic, I swayed heavily on one side; however, after going into depth in the topic and becoming educated in the topic, I lay on the fence. I realized the censorship of art will last just as long as it has been around, but there does need to be better ways to take down someone else’s creation. Art censorship is commonly given with the excuse of necessity. Some argue that pieces of artwork are able to support and enhance stereotypes. It is a well-known fact that there are illustrations containing negative connotations and invoking cynical emotions. For example, in Rijksmuseum, located in Amsterdam,
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