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 clichés, 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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