Restoration on the Vatican’s frescoes has unveiled two new paintings by Raphael

(Daily Mail) Two female figures painted onto the walls of the Vatican by Raphael more than 500 years ago have been rediscovered following a restoration project.

Representing Friendship and Justice, the two women are believed to have been painted by Raphael shortly before his death in 1520.

But their true value became hidden after his students added cherubs, soldiers and dragons to the walls surrounding his artwork following his death, causing his paintings to become lost inside the room’s detailed scenery.

The restorers were aware of rumours that Raphael had used oil paint to create two females figures inside the room, but were completely unaware of what they might look like. [More]

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The Daily Mail