Italy’s Nude Statues Covered Up for Iranian President’s Visit

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani / AP


The nude statues and sculptures at the Capitoline Museum in Italy’s capital were covered up in preparation for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit.

Italian publication The Local reported that the structures were concealed by huge white boxes, which was viewed as a sign of respect for Islamic traditions. Currently on a trip to Europe, Rouhani met Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the museum in Rome Monday.

The Guardian reported that a spokesman for the city of Rome said that any decision regarding the artwork would have been made by the prime minister’s office.

Additionally, wine was also reportedly not served at the official dinner honoring Rouhani’s visit, which again was seen as a sign of respect for the Muslim country’s traditions.

Iran signed billions of dollars of business deals with Italy Monday during the meeting. Rouhani will remain in Rome until Wednesday, when he will travel to France.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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