Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome
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Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his country. In Italy, Renaissance art of nude men and women were covered up to avoid any possible offence to the Iranian President during his visit to the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) while accompanied by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Not surprisingly, the decision has stirred anger inside Italy, where politicians on the left and right have both said that Renzi “surrendered” Italy’s cultural identity by hiding the nude statues. Many on social media expressed their dismay about the Italian decision and a hashtag appeared on twitter, #Statuenude, mocking the situation. Facebook page Journalism is not a crime wrote: “Italian officials showed their respect for the visiting Iranian president Hassan Rouhani…
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