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A concerned Russian citizen has turned to AA with a complaint about an advertisement containing a reproduction of Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”
Upon reviewing the case materials, the agency (AA) concluded that on the whole the images of people in the advertisement were 'indecent' or 'immoral' and thus contravened the federal advertising law of Russia.
According to RAPSINEWS, Russia's antimonopoly agency issued an order to rectify the violation addressed to Artplay, which was found to be the organizer and advertiser of the exhibition. The antimonopoly agency is also working on materials needed to initiate an administrative case against the company, which may face a fine amounting from 100,000 to 500,000 rubles.
According to the advertising law, no profanities, indecent or abusive images, comparisons and expressions relating to gender, race, ethnicity, profession, social status, age, language, official state or religious symbols, as well as national and UNESCO heritage objects are allowed in advertisements, whereas advertisers should be responsible for respective violations.
In reality, the only reason to ban was the great similarity between the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin and a face on the painting of Bosch.
Hieronymus Bosch was always one of the most remarkable and original painters of all time. And irresistible is the art of the death agony of feudalism today highly topical for Russia.
The true art is not immoral. The true art is immortal.
Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights