Friday, June 25, 2010

The Apostles of the Catacombs

The networks of catacombs under Rome and other old European cities have become tourist traps and clich├ęs, but they really do hold secrets and lost bits of the past. Italian conservators have used lasers to remove calcine deposits from the walls of a fourth century tomb, revealing some of the oldest surviving paintings of the apostles. Above, John; below, an unknown bearded figure.

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