SPARED IN WAR, ITALY’S ‘GREATEST PICTURE’ SAVED AGAIN BY BENEFACTOR

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Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca's masterpiece "The Resurrection" is seen in the Civic museum in SansepolcroAn Italian Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who defied orders to shell the town.

Today, Piero della Francesca’s 15th Century fresco of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on a wall in the Tuscan town of Sansepolcro is again in danger, and those trying to save it are again taking matters into their own hands.

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