Vatican Appeals To Art Experts

san-bernardino-cp-6528918The ongoing tragedy from this week’s Italian earthquake involves the number of homeless people. On the cultural front, however, I can certainly get behind the Vatican’s appeal to art experts around the world to help restore the paintings and other works that were damaged. The 6.3-magnitude quake damaged bell towers, cracked walls and reduced some churches to piles of stones. Also affected were many paintings hanging inside religious buildings, painted frescoes, and objects such as crucifixes, chalices and altars. Francesco Buranella, a Vatican official, issued an appeal Wednesday to international restoration laboratories to adopt damaged objects and take on the job of restoring them.

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