Remember the hullabaloo when former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s underlings covered the Spirit of Justice’s bare breast with drapes? Americans cringed, Europeans laughed and Cher went on a tear.
Let me now direct your attention to Italy, birthplace of The Renaissance in all its naked glory. A few years back, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spotted a painting, The Truth Unveiled by Time, and ordered a digital copy blown up for his official residence.
But Berlusconi apparently has decided that Time is a bit too revealing and Truth too exposed. The painting was retouched recently to cover a bare breast.
Just goes to show you that that it doesn’t take a prude to censor art, only a politician bent on keeping all eyes on him.