5 November 2016

50 years after flood, damaged Renaissance painting restored

This black and white Nov. 5, 1996 file photo shows the square in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce after the banks of the River Arno overflowed and flooded the city. A Renaissance painting, Giorgio Vasari's “The Last Supper”, that was badly damaged in a 1966 flood in Florence, will be reinstalled in the basilica and unveiled to the public on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 after years of painstaking restoration.
A 16th-century painting by Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari that was badly damaged in a 1966 flood in Florence was unveiled to the public Friday after years of painstaking restoration.
Vasari created "The Last Supper" for a convent of cloistered nuns. Because the nuns eschewed contact with men, and because the work was large — 6.6 meters by 2.6 meters (21 ½ feet by 8 1/2 feet) — Vasari painted it in his studio on five wood panels that could be easily transported and recomposed in the convent.