Paintings and statues depicting nudity were covered with veils at an exposition held in the palace of Savona to avoid offending visiting Muslims, according to the artist who created them.
The works of art had to be censored at the request of a visiting delegation from Italy’s Islamic Confederation because they were “too nude,” according to the report.
A statue of Epaminondas, a historic Theban general and statesman, was covered by a red drape, while a painting of a woman washing herself was also reportedly removed.
According to artist Mario Capelli, the works were veiled so as not to offend the visiting Muslim delegation.
“Let’s be clear, Epaminondas was covered by Muslims for their ceremonial requirements, I removed the picture at their request, the administration has no fault,” he told Italian newspaper Il Giornale.
However, a member of the Islamic Confederation denied that the group requested statues be covered up.
“We didn’t ask to remove the picture also because we wouldn’t have seen it and we put a cover on the statue to reconstruct the ancient tea ceremony and used a background to symbolise the desert dunes for the photographs,” said Lahcen Chamseddine, president of the Islamic community of Liguria.
Italian politician Matteo Salvini drew attention to the matter on his Facebook page, asking, “Does this only sound crazy to me?”
As we previously highlighted, religious symbols in other European countries have been covered or removed so as not to offend Muslim migrants.
When Muslim migrants took over a Protestant church in Oberhausen, Germany, Christian crosses, altars and pulpits were removed.
Back in 2015, a Bishop in Stockholm proposed removing crosses from a Christian church and replacing them with Islamic symbols in order to cater for Muslims.
Last month, a group of men were banned from attending their own church in Bremen, Germany because their weekly card game clashed with a visit by Muslim women who wanted to remove their veils and therefore required the church to be “men free”.
Last year, the German supermarket chain Lidl announced it had removed crosses from photos of churches used on packaging for its Greek range of foods, declaring the symbol to be “divisive”.
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