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08/03/2008 10:37 PM ID: 72469 Permalink   

Italian Prime Minister Censors Painting; Covers Breast

 

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi chose a reproduction of the painting "Truth Revealed by Time" as the backdrop for his press conferences at his residence, Palazzo Chigi. The painting by Giampbattista Tiepolo displays a woman's nude breast.

However, Berlusconi has been accused of prudery by the Italian press after the breast was digitally covered with a gauze tunic. Italian papers are drawing an analogy to the 16th century Vatican censorship of frescoes by Michelangalo.

Berlusconi's spokesman said female staff requested the "re-touching", however some staff at the residence said the breast could "offend the sensibilities of some people."

 
  Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  
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The artist's name is often either Giambattista Tiepolo or Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (http://en.wikipedia.org/... The source spelled the name wrong (with a "p"). Apologies for copying the error.

The painting is often named "Time Unveiling Truth" (or "Time Uncovering Truth") can be seen here (http://nga.gov.au/... More apologies for copying the source's mistake.
 
  by: nicohlis     08/03/2008 10:52 PM     
  pffft  
 
What is happening to the world? Everyone is self-destucting over the most trivial crap. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that painting. Where are these brain-dead prudes coming from?
 
  by: JonSmith     08/03/2008 11:00 PM     
  What...  
 
an Italian not liking breasts? That's a first.
They pinch them in Viaggio! At least they did when i was there. As you could well imagine my first words in Italian were, f@@@ o@@ you sh@@, to get rid of the titty pinchers.
 
  by: captainJane     08/03/2008 11:52 PM     
  Clean women don't have breasts!  
 
What kind of message would the prime minister be sending by having some one else's filthy art around him?
 
  by: H. W. Hutchins   08/04/2008 02:08 AM     
  Viaggio you say?  
 
Is there a Contiki Tour or something going there?
 
  by: stretchman     08/04/2008 04:46 AM     
  LOL  
 
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and John Ashcroft would get along great. Prudes!
 
  by: JonSmith     08/04/2008 04:52 AM     
  Breasts!  
 
It's not as if everybody has them.
 
  by: walter3ca   08/04/2008 09:13 AM     
  What are you guys talking about...  
 
"Clean women don't have breasts!"
And...

"Breasts! It's not as if everybody has them."

Ha-ha.
 
  by: captainJane     08/04/2008 01:40 PM     
 
 
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