Phalluses scrubbed from medieval fresco

After a three-year restoration project, the 13th century Tree of Fertility fresco in the small Italian town of Massa Marittima was ready to view, but art experts had some problems with the restoration work when they noticed that testicles and phalluses hanging from the tree had been removed.

Members of the town council have accused the experts of censorship by removing the body parts. "The authenticity of the fresco seems to have been compromised by a restoration effort that did not respect the original character of the work," said Gabriele Galeotti.