Winged Detectives Find Renaissance Fresco
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2004-06-29 23:00
A flock of pigeons has led a group of art historians to a lost Renaissance fresco hidden in the ceiling of a Valencia cathedral. A team of restoration experts noticed pigeons flying in and out of a hole in the dome of the cathedral in Valencia, Spain and discovered a Renaissance fresco lost for more than 300 years. The painting of winged angels against a starring sky and surrounded by gilt was covered by a false ceiling. The fresco is considered an important find "because it's one of the earliest examples of Italian Renaissance art being imported to Spain," according to Fernando Lopez, an art historian who works at the Valencia government's main library.