A Casualty of War

The worshippers by Tiepolo, Gallerie dell'Accademia
 Yesterday I was in the Gallerie dell'Accademia looking at, amongst other things, the beautiful fragments of fresco, all that remain of the ceiling which Gianbattista Tiepolo and Girolamo Mengozzi Colonna painted for the Chiesa degli Scalzi in the 1740s.
Photograph of the bomb damage, October 2015, Chiesa degli Scalzi in Venice
The ceiling was destroyed by an Austrian bomb one fateful night in October, 1915. You can see a fragment of the fresco still in situ in the photograph. 
Interior of the Chiesa degli Scalzi, Venice
The rest of the damage to the church was repaired, but Tiepolo's ceiling was lost forever.


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