Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Virginia’s prisons is sued for censoring a Rubens painting of Adam and Eve

By Brian Boucher
Peter Paul Rubens, Adam and Eve (1597–1600). Via Wikimedia Commons.
An inmate in a Virginia prison is still waiting for the June/July issue of The Humanist magazine, which was rejected by prison censors over a depiction of Adam and Eve by 17th-century master Peter Paul Rubens. Though the first couple’s genitalia are obscured by fig leaves, Eve’s breasts are exposed. The censorship by the Department of Corrections (DOC) has given rise to a legal complaint, filed August 31 by Charlottesville attorney Jeffrey E. Fogel, who claims that the rejection of the publication violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments and has caused financial harm to the publisher. [More]