Stunning medieval murals survive under twenty paint layers
The BBC reported today about an amazing find in a local church in Llancarfan, Wales. A thin red line was discovered some time ago and upon further investigation expert discovered numerous 15th-century wall paintings behind the 20 layers of lime wash that were added over the past five centuries. They have been restored over the past months and can now be enjoyed by everybody. It’s fascinating how these medieval paintings lay dormant - were able to survive, really - behind layers and layers of paint.
There may be many more medieval murals (ooh, alliteration!) waiting to be discovered: what with Henry VIII, the Reformation in general and then Cromwell’s Puritan-slanted Commowealth, a lot of medieval religious art was destroyed - but a lot more was “hidden in plain sight” with lime-wash, just like these.
(via nocompromise-noregrets)Source: erikkwakkel