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From sickness to health: in Italy, art is being resurrected from ...


From sickness to health: in Italy, art is being resurrected from ashes

Thousands of art works, damaged in church collapses in 2016 earthquakes, have been restored and rehomed

Philip Pullella

At the opening of a new museum in the picturesque Italian town of San Severino Marche, the guests of honour did not dress up. They were fire fighters in gear worn when they rescued artworks damaged in earthquakes in 2016 and now restored and on display.

The three main quakes, which hit central Italy between August 24 and October 30 that year, killed more than 300 people and caused extensive destruction to homes, churches and museums.

Six years on, some of the recovered art has found a permanent home. Other pieces are waiting to go back to their rebuilt churches or be relocated...

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