Naked Julianne Moore billboard banned from Venice. Titian would be amused

julianne-moore.jpgVenice is filled with classical sculptures and masterpiece nude paintings.  But  the Italian city's mayor finds a semi-nude Bulgari ad of actress Julianne Moore too scandalous.

The billboard for the renowned luxury brand shows the red-haired Moore laying on a chaise lounge with a discreetly placed handbag and two lion cubs. It was to decorate the Doge's Palace, which overlooks St Mark's Square and the city's lagoon.

But according to the Daily Mail, the newly-elected mayor Giorgio Orsoni called the poster "inappropriate" and demanded that it be replaced by a less risque image. "An advertisement showing a nude woman on a divan is not appropriate for St Mark's Square," he told Italian media.