Vasari’s Last Supper reassembled 47 years after 1966 Florence flood

Dec 30, 2013 1187

by John Hooper

The last casualty of the devastating Florence flood of 1966 has been reassembled, raising hopes of a full restoration before the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest cultural disasters of modern times.

Giorgio Vasari's Last Supper, painted on five wooden panels and measuring about 2.5 metres by 6.5 metres (8ft by 21ft), was one of the most seriously damaged works to survive the flood. Dozens of people and millions of pieces of antiquity and works of art were lost for ever when the Arno burst its banks, raging through Florence in the worst flood since the middle ages.

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