ROME.- Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has touched up a copy of an Italian masterpiece painting because too much breast was exposed. The woman's chest has been hidden with a veil in Tiepolo's Time Unveiling Truth - which stands behind Berlusconi during media briefings - in case it distracts cameras.
Perhaps the Prime Ministers staff feared that the attention of journalists was being drawn to the breast over his left shoulder rather than to what he was saying, Times Online quoted the paper as saying. Italian papers are drawing an analogy to the 16th century Vatican censorship of frescoes by Michelangalo.
Yesterday leading Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi told Corriere Della Sera: 'What have they done? This is madness, absolute madness.