The restored painting is reminiscent of the Coliseum’s Christian past, Reuters said.

According to Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, after the unification of Italy in the 19th century, the country was surrounded by anti-clerical sentiments and all associations with the church were removed from the Roman monument.

Speaking during the presentation of the book, Ms Jatta said she never noticed the painting until it was restored, and visited the Colosseum a few days ago to see it “embedded like a normal tourist.”

The Colosseum was not the only ancient Roman monument in which the “Christianization process” took place, Zuccari said, citing the Pantheon consecrated in 609. and for the Virgin Mary and the Christian martyrs.

According to him, the bones of many martyrs from the catacombs in Rome were transported by carriage to the Pantheon, where masses are still celebrated. On the other side of the city, Michelangelo turned part of Diocletian’s baths into a monumental church.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI reintroduced the tradition of celebrating the Passion of Christ at the Coliseum on Good Friday. It is now broadcast worldwide.

“The Colosseum is a complex place that has been read differently over time, often with opposite perspectives,” said Marcello Fagiolo, a renowned art historian. And that is constantly changing.

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