The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, April 21, 2018

Italy covers nude sculptures in the Capitoline Museum for Iranian President Rouhani
Visitors walk past an ancient marble statue on display at Rome's Capitoline Museum (Musei Capitolini) on Capitol Hill on January 26, 2016. Italy's desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the Capitoline Museum, where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.

ROME (AFP).- Italy's desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the museum where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.

The two men made speeches in Rome's Capitoline Museum after a signing ceremony on Monday which saw Italian companies tie up 17 billion euros ($18 billion) worth of deals with the Islamic Republic.

A huge statue of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on a horse featured prominently in many of the photographs of the event.

But nude statues, including a Venus dating from the second century BC, had all been covered up in temporary wooden cartons, removing the risk of them creeping into any of the shots -- or catching Rouhani's eye.

"You can not hide your culture, your religion or history itself. It was the wrong decision," Giuliano Volpe, head of the Superior Council for Cultural Heritage at the Italian culture ministry, told public broadcaster Rai3.

"We must enhance rather respect and differences," he said.

The museum cover-up was not the only step Italy took to ensure the Iranian visit passed off smoothly.

As Rouhani refuses to attend official meals at which any alcohol is available, wine was strictly off the menu at both lunch with President Sergio Mattarella and dinner with Renzi.

According to media reports, France has baulked at making a similar placatory gesture, leaving diplomats preparing for Rouhani's visit to Paris from Wednesday with a major protocol headache.

© 1994-2016 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

January 27, 2016

Italy covers nude sculptures in the Capitoline Museum for Iranian President Rouhani

Art Institute of Chicago to receive largest bequest of funds in the museum's history

World's leading auction house by revenue Christie's posts first loss in five years

French family seeks return of 'stolen' Constable painting from Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds

First museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art in Indonesia to open in Jakarta in 2017

The J. Paul Getty Museum announces acquisition of rare secular Flemish manuscript

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquires "Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)" by Frida Kahlo

Frick Collection loans Goya's portrait of the 9th Duke of Osuna to the Prado Museum

NYPL releases hi-res images, metadata for 180,000 public domain items in its digital collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York offers a new look at a Jan van Eyck masterpiece

Exhibition offers a comprehensive perspective on student life during Soviet times

Victorian artist George Frederic Watts' studios in Compton, Surrey open to the public

Artcurial sale celebrates the artistic passion of Pierre Hebey as an avid collector

From Heart to Hand: African American art quilts exhibition opens at the Flint Institute of Arts

Major new commission of video work by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê opens at Ikon

First solo UK exhibition for eminent Japanese artist Rikizo Fukao opens at Gallery Elena Shchukina

Gagosian Gallery exhibits Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (Captain America)

Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival

Lost Beatrix Potter children's story uncovered a century on

Musée de l'Elysée opens Werner Bischof and contemporary photography exhibitions

Detroit Institute of Arts names gallery in recognition of grant from the William Davidson Foundation

Cardi gallery displays a selection of 13 works from the 60s to the 2000s by Sol LeWitt

Krannert Art Museum's collection of African pots on display this spring

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful