- Sep 20, 2020
A restoration of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures of the Madonna and Christ has uncovered previously unknown details, including the artist’s tool marks, that had been hidden under centuries of dust and wax.
Warick Richardson turned the concrete and glass left by vandals into cufflinks and lapel pins, and he would turn the cufflinks and lapel pins into food for people who can’t afford groceries.
Travel writer and Seattle native Tiffany Parks has lived in Rome for nearly two decades, and has written a young adult mystery novel about one of the hidden masterpieces in Rome, the Fontana delle Tartarughe [Turtle fountain] in the city’s Jewish Ghetto.
The rector of Rome’s Saint Marcellus church, which houses the so-called “miraculous crucifix” believed to have been damaged during a prayer event with Pope Francis, has said that the harm is not serious as has been reported and they are expecting to get the priceless treasure back soon.
On Wednesday the bishop of the northern Italian city of Padua upheld a centuries-old tradition of celebrating Mass in an ancient chapel despite tight restrictions due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, opting to livestream a closed-door liturgy rather than break a nearly 700-year practice.
When an ambitious and highly-anticipated exhibition on famed Renaissance painter Raphael opened Thursday, the moment served as proof that for Italians, not even the coronavirus is enough to keep them at home when an unprecedented collection of masterpieces comes to town.