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Monday, 18 March, 2002, 17:40 GMT
Picture gallery: Giotto's fresco reborn
One of the world's most famous series of fresco paintings by the 14th-Century Italian artist Giotto has been unveiled in north-eastern Italy, after a $2m restoration.

The work, which depicts a complete cycle of more than 100 Bible scenes, covers the entire walls and ceiling of the 700-year-old Scrovegni chapel in Padua.

View of the chapel
The restoration focused on rescuing the frescoes' original colours

One of the Three Kings' camels (left) and a detail from Escape from Egypt
The different paint on the donkey's snout (right) was discovered only after some restoration of the painting

Weeping angel from Crucifixion scene (picture by David Willey)
Giotto's impressionistic technique seems to show the angels in flight

The mothers of the murdered innocents with traces of real tears running down their faces (picture by David Willey)
The mothers of the children massacred by King Herod - traces of real tears run down their faces

Devils torment the bodies of the dead who will spend eternity in Hell (picture by David Willey)
Giotto delights in depicting the damned: Devils torment the bodies of the dead condemned to hell

The slaughter of the innocents (picture by David Willey)
Giotto's revolutionary style influenced later painters - those infants' bodies look forward to Mantegna and Picasso

See also:

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