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Cleaning Crew Solves 500-Year-Old Mystery In Vatican When They Uncover 2 Lost Raphael Paintings

by Jess Butler
Jess is a curly-haired Jersey girl who adores penguins and watches the worst reality shows on TV.

Who knew a 500-year-old mystery could be solved simply by tidying up?

When a cleaning crew went to restore a room inside the Vatican, they made a shocking discovery.

The crew uncovered two paintings created by Renaissance artist Raphael, hidden between other historical frescoes. The paintings didn’t fit in with the other art, and the crew soon realized that they’d found something sensational.

It all happened by chance, but this discovery was absolutely groundbreaking!

In the video below, posted on December 26, 2017, we see the paintings that were lost for so many years.

According to CNN, “The two female figures, one depicting Justice and the other Friendship, were painted by Raphael around the year 1519.”

It is believed that these two paintings were the last pieces Raphael worked on before his death. They were hidden and blended in within the frescos that were completed after he’d passed away.

Now that the masterpieces have been discovered, they are going to get the attention they deserve.

With infrared technology, it was confirmed that the paintings were indeed Raphael’s and separate from the rest of the wall on which they were executed.

At last, this 500-year-old mystery is solved!

Check out what these Raphael paintings look like in the video below, and please SHARE if you’re glad the Vatican cleaners found the art after all these years!

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