Your question reminds me of the first time I visited Florence and saw the David. It was 1980, I was 22 years old and visiting Europe for the first time, also on a three month Eurailpass. I was in awe of the work. As I sat contemplating the statue, a tour bus of older Americans arrived. The tourists were probably around my current age. One couple stepped to the side, a few feet away from me. The woman turned to her husband and said, "I think it's beautiful, but why does he have to be nude? Why can't he be covered like a good American statue?"
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the comment.
The comment reminded me of the saying that when Europeans are asked about nudes, they think of Rubens, Rodin and Michelangelo. When Americans are asked about nudes, they think of Playboy and Penthouse.
I guess I'm not a very good American, I tend to the European view.
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