Painting with bare breasts removed from Swedish Riksdag dining room

Dec. 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM   |   Comments

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A painting of a bare-breasted woman has been removed from the Swedish Riksdag's guest dining room on orders from the legislature's deputy speaker.

Deputy Speaker Susanne Eberstein of the Social Democrat party ordered the painting, "Juno" by baroque artist G.E. Schroder, to be removed from the guest dining room, where it had hung since 1983, TheLocal.se reported Thursday.

"We routinely change paintings from time to time," a Riksdag representative said in response to an inquiry from news agency TT.

A parliamentary source who asked to remain anonymous told TT lawmakers were concerned about the painting's effects on foreign visitors.

"You have to think of the foreign guests, especially those from Muslim countries," the source said.

Eberstein said the painting's removal was also for the comfort of herself and her fellow female officials.

"I think it is more a feminist issue. It's tiresome [looking at] a bare-breasted woman when I sit at public dinners with foreign guests. I think it feels a little hard to sit there with men who look at us women," Eberstein said.

Topics: Juno
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Stripper mom of missing child tells cops: 'I have to get on stage'
Florida mayor demands police remove man who refused to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Florida woman's search for fido lands her in jail
Cash-strapped Chinese man gets caught in money machine
Gamers 'prank' each other by calling in real life SWAT team, webcam captures fallout
Trending News