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13th Century Frescoes Being Restored in Italy

In Italy, 13th century frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which were damaged in a 1997 earthquake and thought to be irreparable, are now being restored with the help of computers.

Italian Leader Hopes to Reopen Pilgrim Road

Former European Commission president Romano Prodi, who is running for election as Italy's prime minister next year, says if elected he will try to revive the 1,200-mile Via Francigena, a medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome dating back to the 10th century.

Labor of Love Restores Medici Tapestry

Four restoration specialists at New York's Metropolitan Museum have taken on the backbreaking effort of restoring "The Gathering of Manna," a 16th century Medici tapestry, one stitch at a time.

Crumbling Roman Walls May Affect Italian Tourism

The collapse of a wall in the ancient Forum in Rome has travelers concerned for their safety. The incident happened at the time when the Italian government is considering cuts to cultural programs.

Borgia Family Topic of New Film

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Farrell have been signed to star in a new theatrical film set in 15th century Rome which covers the internal struggles of Italy's Borgia family.

Cardinals Ask Pope to Save Latin

Latin has fallen into such disuse in the Roman Catholic Church that many of the church fathers no longer understand the language. Now members of the College of Cardinals have asked Pope Benedict XVI to make Latin the "universal language" by using it at international events.

Caravaggio's painting exhales perfume

For two weeks in the State Hermitage Museum, Russia, every visitor will have a chance to enjoy the scents of the flowers and fruits that are depicted on Caravaggio’s famous painting “The Lute-Player

The Met hosts major exhibition of the work of Fra Angelico

The Fra Angelico exhibit will be on display in the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 29.

Italian Renaissance manuscripts on display at the Walters

"Dressed in Gold: Books of the Italian Renaissance" is on display at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, through January 8.

"New" Da Vinci Works on Display in Italy

A pair of previously unseen paintings by Leonardo da Vinci are on display at Ancona's Mole Vanvitelliana Museum. The works were once believed to have been painted by one of the master's pupils.

Claterna Emerges from the Italian Soil

After being buried for 1500 years, the Roman town of Claterna, bear Bologna, Italy, has begun to emerge from the soil. Excavations have already revealed patrician houses, metalworking sites and mosaic paving, as well as pottery and coins.

New exhibit at the Getty on Titian and Alfonso d'Avalos

"Titian and the Commander: A Renaissance Artist and His Patron" will be on display at the Getty, in Los Angeles, through February 5.

Italian illuminations from the Getty now on display at the National Gallery of Art

"Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through January 2.

Italian Programmer "Googles" Roman Villa

History met science recently when an Italian computer programmer discovered what he believes is the ruins of a Roman villa by studying a map found on "Google Earth."

Exhibit on sculpture of 15th century Florence on display at the National Gallery

"Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrochio at Orsanmichele" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through December 31.

Shroud of Turin Scholars to Meet

Scientists and religious scholars will meet in Dallas, Texas in September 2005 to present the latest research on the Shroud of Turin.

Devotional Art Focuses on Pain of the Plague in Italy

New York Times reporter Holland Cotter reviews the exhibit "Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800," which is on display at the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum through September 25, 2005.

"Italy's Most Beautiful Garden" to be Restored

The Gardens of Ninfa, once thought to be one of the most beautiful in Italy, are being restored, thanks to the efforts of three generations of women.

Commedia del'Arte to Tour Country

"Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters," a Piccolo Teatro di Milano production, will be touring the country this summer and fall, bringing laughs and mayhem to audiences unused to the theatrical form.

Wedding Jewel - Was Raphael Married?

A small pearl brooch in "La Fornarina" was the clue used by art historian Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz to suggest that Raphael and the woman long thought to be his mistress were actually secretly married.

Da Vinci Masterpiece "Battle of Anghiari" Possibly Found

The long-lost fresco "Battle of Anghiari," considered Leonardo da Vinci's best work, could lie hidden behind a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Michaelangelo's Anatomy Lesson

Two Brazilian doctors who are also art lovers think they have uncovered a "secret lesson" in human anatomy in the famous Sistine Chapel frescos.

Scottish Botticelli a Fake?

"The Portrait of a Youth," a painting attributed to Botticelli and owned by Scotland's National Galleries, may be a fake.

Canada's National Gallery to Host Renaissance Exhibit

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario will host "Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence," 29 May-5 September, 2005.

Did Dante Discover Law of Motion Before Galileo?

In an article for Nature, Leonardo Ricci, of the University of Trento, writes that poet Dante Alighieri described the law of motion in physics 300 years before Galileo.

Michaelangelo Self Portrait Discovered

A newly-discovered bas-relief may be the first known self-portrait of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Funeral of Pope John Paul II Fuels Interest in Vestments

The funeral of Pope John Paul II has sparked much interest in the history of the papacy. In an interview for NPR's Morning Edition, Renee Montagne discusses papal vestments with Father Mark Frances.

Medici Child's Body Missing

Researchers working on the Medici crypt in Florence, Italy are puzzled. The tiny body discovered in the tomb of Filippino, the four-year-old son of Grand Duke Francesco I, was that of an infant.

New Book Documents Italian Renaissance Scam

William Grimes of the New York Times reviews The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery, a new book by Ingrid D. Rowland about Renaissance forgery that rocked the literary world.

Shroud of Turin Factsheet

Live Science, an online magazine, looks at the history of the Shroud of Turin and offers a factsheet with established facts about the Shroud.