LOL, its funny to think that was scandallous until you remember that people wore a bathing gown in the tub - wearing clothing in a bathtub always sounded a bit odd to me. ;)
Imagine the horror of the Italian fashion- if you were one of the truely modest and required a bathing gown! Shocking I'm sure! :o)
And judging by that painting I'm sure that's something everyone wanted to see.
i know a few italians that honor the 18th century and follow suit! I know a few non-italians too... lolP.s. I thought they only wore bathing gowns because they had servants who were with them when they bathed? Sleeping seemed to be a more private affair...
heehee, i must agree with the latter poster, for i know a quite few italians who honored the eighteenth century style of sleeping....