Wednesday, October 03, 2012

7th century Roman frescoes restored

7th century Roman frescoes restored - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

View from the Victor Emmanuel II Monument - Ch...
Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary and Trajan's Column 
Italy's Culture Ministry has allowed a rare peak at a three-million-euro ($3.8 million Cdn) restoration of medieval frescoes in the ancient church of St. Mary in the Roman Forum. During a visit on Monday, a restorer in blue rubber gloves stood on a metal scaffold and took a small paint brush to the dark clothing of a Byzantine Madonna on the wall of the church experts refer to as the Sistine Chapel of the 7th century. The restoration project aimed at bringing the medieval frescoes back to their early glory has been under way since 2001. The small church, built between imperial Roman palaces, is considered the most important Christian monument in Rome's Forum. The works is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.