The Easel

The Vatican Discovers New Paintings by Raphael Hidden in Plain Sight—Right on Its Walls

It must be tough for the Vatican to keep track of its treasures. Raphael, engaged to paint four of the papal apartments, (and fired up by a rivalry with Michelangelo) produced some of his greatest work. The project took decades and the largest and last room was thought to have been done well after his death. Apparently not. Restoration work has revealed that he actually did some of the work himself.