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Epstein had painting of George Bush playing paper airplanes?!

Did Jeffrey Epstein own a painting of George Bush Jr. playing with paper airplanes, in front of two collapsed Jenga towers?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Epstein Had Painting Of George Bush Playing With Paper Airplanes!

People keep sharing a photo of a painting of George Bush playing with paper airplanes, in front of two collapsed Jenga towers; claiming that Jeffrey Epstein once owned it.

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Truth : Epstein Did Not Own Painting Of George Bush Playing With Paper Airplanes!

Let’s take a look at the viral painting, and find out why Jeffrey Epstein did not actually own it!

Fact #1 : That’s George Bush Jr.

Let me just start by pointing out that there are two US Presidents called George Bush, and the one in the viral painting is George Bush Jr. or George W. Bush.

Born George Walker Bush on July 6 , 1946, George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. He was the president who initiated the war on terror after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The other George Bush was his father – George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush or George Bush Sr.), who was the 41st President of the United States, and died on 30 November 2018.

Fact #2 : George Bush Painting Is Real

Some have suggested that the viral painting of George Bush Jr. was not real, but generated using AI text-to-image generation.

However, the truth is – that is a real painting called “War Games” that was painted by Australian artist, Petrina Ryan-Kleid.

Fact #3 : George Bush Painting Was From 2012

Some people appear to suggest that this painting was possibly painted before the September 11 attacks in 2001. However, War Games was painted about 11 years after that September 11 attacks.

Petrina Ryan-Kleid painted War Games in 2012, as part of her Master’s thesis at the New York Academy of Art. She exhibited that painting at her degree show when she graduated with an MFA the same year from the New York Academy of Art.

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Fact #4 : Epstein Bought A Different Painting

Petrina Ryan-Kleid painted two pictures for her Master’s thesis – the aforementioned War Games picture of President George Bush Jr. and a picture of President Bill Clinton, called Parsing Bill.

Unbeknownst to her, the New York Academy of Art sold Parsing Bill (not War Games) to Jeffrey Epstein the same year she graduated.

It was Parsing Bill that was seen in Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan, New York City. Even Petrina Ryan-Kleid was surprised to learn that he bought her painting.

In 2012, as a grad student at the New York Academy of Art, I painted pictures of Presidents Clinton and Bush as part of my Master’s thesis.

When the school put on a fundraiser at the Tribeca Ball that year, they sold my painting to one of the attendees. I had no idea who the buyer was at the time.

As with most of my paintings, I had completely lost track of this piece when it was sold seven years ago. So it was a complete surprise to me to learn yesterday that it wound up in Epstein’s home.

To be clear – Jeffrey Epstein bought her painting of President Bill Clinton lounging on a chair in a blue dress and red hills, and pointing a finger.

He did not purchase the picture of President George Jr. playing with paper airplanes with two piles of Jenga blocks.

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Fact #4 : Both Paintings Had No Nefarious Meaning

Some people appear to suggest that the War Games painting was implying that George Bush Jr. was the “real architect” behind the September 11 attacks, instead of Al Qaeda.

Others have suggested that the Parsing Bill painting was suggesting that Bill Clinton was a crossdresser, or Jeffrey Epstein had it painted to suggest he “had the dirt” on Clinton.

However, Petrina Ryan-Kleid stated in an August 2019 interview, that both paintings were about “how opposition parties caricature presidents“. She stated that “neither painting should be taken literally“.

Petrina Ryan-Kleid pointed out that at the time, she had just arrived in the United State from Australia, and was completely naive about politics. She still remained ambivalent about American politics.

I live a quiet life, and I really just had a naive, newly arrived foreigner’s idea for a thesis.

It was just a silly school artwork that was supposed to show, pictorially, the messages we are bombarded with in regards to these presidents.

Since I’m Australian, I wasn’t then, nor am I now, partisan about American politics. At the time, most of my ideas were fresh from the Daily Show or from Australian cable TV.

As the artist has clarified – both paintings have no nefarious, hidden meaning.

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Roman Charity : Why Woman Breastfed Man In Prison!

The painting of a young woman breastfeeding an old man in prison has gone viral.

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Viral Claim About Woman Breastfeeding Old Man In Prison

This photo of a classical painting is being shared on WhatsApp, social media platforms like Facebook, and even Reddit, together with this claim:

This painting of a young woman breastfeeding an old man in a prison cell was sold for 30 million Euros. The painting may look perverse but the story behind is from historical records.

The poor man was sentenced to “death by starvation” for stealing a loaf of bread during the reign of Louis XIV in France. The woman was his only daughter and the only visitor to his cell. She was allowed to visit him daily but was frisked thoroughly such that no food was taken in.

When after 4 months the man still survived with no weight loss, the authorities were perplexed and started spying on her in the cell and to their utter astonishment found her to breastfeed her father to the fullest sharing her baby’s milk. The judges then realizing the compassion and love of the woman for her father, pardoned the father and set him free.

This piece of history brings into focus how deep is a woman’s compassion in our daily lives that men often tend to overlook.

 

Roman Charity : Why Woman Breastfed Man In Prison!

As inspiring as the story is, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : That’s Roman Charity By Jules Joseph Lefebvre

The photo is of an oil painting on canvas called La Charité romaine (Roman Charity) by French painter, Jules Joseph Lefebvre.

Fact #2 : Roman Charity By Lefebvre Was Never Sold

The La Charité romaine (Roman Charity) painting by Jules Lefebvre was never sold for 30 million Euros.

It was purchased by the French government in 1864 for 1,500 francs, and displayed at the Melun Museum in 1865.

The French government later donated the painting to the Melun City Hall at 16 rue Paul-Doumer, where it can be seen in the wedding hall.

In the photo taken by Stephane Asseline in 2003, you can see the words Donné par l’état (Donated by the state) engraved into the frame.

Fact #3 : Roman Charity Is A Story Of Cimon And Pero

The real Roman Charity story is about Cimon who was convicted of a serious but unspecified crime, and sentenced to die of starvation.

Even though the prison guards were instructed not to provide him with water or food, Cimon surprisingly survived for more than a month. He was weak but not close to dying. The claim that he survived for more than FOUR months though is a tall tale.

One day, the guards reportedly discovered that his daughter Pero (some accounts describe her as his wife) had been breastfeeding her father. She had been allowed to visit her father once a day, and was able to feed him with her breast milk, keeping him alive that way.

What happened after that is not known. Some say that Pero’s love for her father convinced the court to pardon and release Cimon. But others claim that she was given a death penalty for what she did.

Fact #4 : There Are Many Roman Charity Paintings

There are actually many paintings showing a young woman breastfeeding an old man in prison, all variations of the Roman Charity story.

These four examples from Peter Paul Rubens (1612), Jan Janssens (1620-25), Dirck Van Baburen (1623) and Pieter van Mol (1640), all predate the Jules Lefebvre painting by over 200 years.

Arguably, the Jules Lefebvre painting of Roman Charity is more famous because it was the first depiction of Pero with a baby.

The original versions of the tale did not mention that she brought her baby to prison while visiting her father. So it isn’t surprising to see that earlier works only showed Pero and Cimon alone.

Fact #5 : Roman Charity Story Predates King Louis XIV

The story that the old man was sentenced to death by starvation for stealing bread during the reign of King Louis XIV is nonsense.

The story of Roman Charity goes way back to the days of Ancient Rome. It was first told in Factotum ac dictum memorabilium (Nine Books of Memorable Acts and Sayings of the Ancient Romans) by Ancient Roman historian Valerius Maximus.

A painting in the Temple of Pietas not only depicted the scene back then, wall paintings and terracotta statutes excavated in Pompeii suggest that it was common in the first century.

As I pointed out in the Fact #4 above, Western artists had already painted Roman Charity hundreds of years before Jules Lefebvre, or King Louis XIV’s reign from 1643 to 1715.

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