9 Mar 2010

UV light shows up detail of Italian master

10:05 pm on 9 March 2010

Restoration work in Italy has unearthed original details of 700-year-old paintings by the Italian artist, Giotto, a key figure in Western art.

The frescoes are in a chapel in a church in Florence, Santa Croce.

The BBC says they had been badly damaged by previous restoration works and became invisible to the naked eye.

Restorers have found they can see the original colours under ultraviolet light.