One of Italy's historic art masterpieces damaged in the floods which ravaged the country in 1966 has been restored and returned to its original showplace.
LV Arno in 1966 flooded
GV PAN DOWN TO Floodwater
Floods in strikeout, scenes with abandoned cars (3 shots)
GV Church (1976)
LV & MV Crucifix PULL BACK TO LV
MC PULL BACK TO GV PAN TO congregation (2 shots)
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Background: One of Italy's historic art masterpieces damaged in the floods which ravaged the country in 1966 has been restored and returned to its original showplace.
SYNOPSIS: In 1966, the River Arno, among many others, burst its banks sending floodwaters into florence. Florence was one of the worst hit cities although hundreds died throughout Italy. But there was another insidious form of damage -- the city's priceless art treasures which had brought millions of tourists to Italy for many years were damaged.
At the Santa Croce church on Wednesday (15 December) the restored crucifix by Cimabue, which is more than 670 years old, was returned to its rightful place. It was so badly damaged that experts thought the wooden cross could not be repaired. But a team of experts have worked on the restoration work for ten years. Giovanni Cimabue is credited with leading Italian art away from rigid stylisation of gothic or Byzantine art. Many experts regard him as the founder of modern art because he introduced a new style of naturalism leading up to the Renaissance. Because of its importance, the Cimabue crucifix had become a symbol of all the art works destroyed or damaged in the floods. Its return is an event of great importance to many Italians.