Ex­pert back to Orkney for chapel

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

An art restora­tion ex­pert has re­turned to Orkney to re­sume work on wartime paint­ings adorn­ing the walls of the Ital­ian Chapel.

An­tonella Papa, from Rome, vis­its the is­lands reg­u­larly and was moved by the story of the chapel.

She started re­pair work on the in­te­rior de­sign back in 2015 – but now she hopes to con­tinue pre­serv­ing the art­work at one of the is­lands’ most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions.

An­tonella, who has worked at the Vat­i­can over her 30-year ca­reer, said it was im­por­tant to make sure the paint­ings stayed au­then­tic to the orig­i­nals.

The chapel’s fres­cos were painted by Ital­ian prisoner-of-war Domenico Chioc­chetti dur­ing World War Two.

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