Photo: Gaza-studio. The essay is based on Ivo's book 'Reframing Luchino Visconti: Film and Art' 2018. The image first ended up in hildegard knef nude calendar but then it was distributed as a poster of which 2 million copies ended up being sold at the time, with millions more being sold worldwide in the years since! Hildegard Knef sings Goodbye Johnny. He painted her as Venus and Bathsheba and in some pastoral settings, but his most personal and intimate portrait of her is one where she leaves her bath, wrapped only in a strategically placed fur, where she stares coyly and confidently at the artist, her ample bosom too large to hide. Despite this disappointment, she still managed though to have a successful second career as a singer in the 1960s and 70s and sold more than 3 million records in Germany.