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Damaged Fresco Restored Volume 57 Number 5, September/October 2004

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The fresco before and after restoration (Courtesy SAP)

Restoration of a seriously damaged fresco stolen in spring 2003 from Pompeii's House of the Chaste Lovers has been completed. The first-century A.D. artwork had been removed from a wall of the house with a scalpel and stashed in an abandoned building, where it was discovered by police a few days later. Plans are to return the fresco to its original location in the two-story house, which has been under excavation since 1987, and never opened to the public.

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