Photos: Paintings of Christ and a 'Baker' Revealed in Roman Burial Chambers

Beauty revealed

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This catacomb tomb was created by an unnamed grain purchaser who likely held a high position in the Annona, an office in Rome that handled grain purchases. The remains of two coffins can be seen amidst the painted frescoes. A laser cleaning project has resulted in centuries of grime being removed, revealing vivid details.

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Discovery noted

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An image of Christ seated on a throne surrounded by his apostles can be seen here. The name "Bosio" refers to a 16th-century explorer who first discovered the catacomb tomb.

Frescos in detail

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A fresco of a shepherd can be seen in this photograph of the western section of the catacomb tomb.

Modern tech

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Laser cleaning of the catacombs has meant that centuries of grime are being removed allowing the frescoes in the catacombs beneath the city of Rome to be revealed in full.

Uncovering the past

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Another fresco gradually being revealed as the laser removes grime.

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Much to examine

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A fresco from another section of the catacomb known as the "introductio" shows Christ seated on a throne, his right arm raised before two deceased individuals and their patron saints who are likely Saints Peter and Paul. Frescoes showing stories from the Bible can be seen around the image of Christ.