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By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
Topic - Antonio Paolucci
The restoration of the Bernini colonnade and other historic pieces in St. Peter’s Square will be finished by Easter, in time for the canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
Suction vents to remove dust from art patrons as part of effort to reduce damage to Vatican’s fresco
Last year, five million people visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to see Michelangelo's magnificent, 500-year-old frescoes. Attendance was double the 2.5 million in 1993, when the paintings were famously (some said controversially) restored.
The Vatican is determined to avoid limiting the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel with its Michelangelo frescoes, despite harmful buildup of dust and other pollutants, the director of the Vatican Museums said Wednesday.
The Vatican Museums chief warned that dust and polluting agents brought into the Sistine Chapel by thousands of tourists every day risk one day endangering its priceless artworks.
The Vatican's top art historian on Monday shot down a report in its own newspaper that suggested a recently discovered painting was a Caravaggio.
"It is an architectural structure that multiplies the vanishing points, and then the perspective effects, so that those who enter St. Peter's Square have the impression of being inside a forest of columns that embraces you from all sides without defining its borders," explained Paolucci.
Its purpose, he said in a recent interview with Italian news media, was to give people a better understanding of what they are seeing when they enter the church.