Friday, June 17, 2011

Medieval painting discovered at Oystermouth Castle in Wales

Remnants of an ornate medieval painting dating back to the 14th century have been discovered at Oystermouth Castle, near the Welsh town of Swansea.

The surviving painting is thought to be over 700 years old and was spotted during conservation work in the historic attraction’s chapel area.

Exposure to the elements has taken its toll on the painting over time but experts from Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government, suggests it’s a double-arched canopy that contains the figures of angels.

Some of the clear elements of the painting that remain include a wing with multiple feathers and circular shapes that form a head with yellow hair surrounded by a nimbus.

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