Church murals painted over by Shakespeare's father are revealed

Incredible medieval church murals not seen the 16th century have been restored as part of painstaking preservation project.

The murals were covered after William Shakespeare’s father was ordered to paint over them more than 450 years ago.

The colourful murals, thought to be some of the finest in Europe, were covered with limewash in 1563 when John Shakespeare was bailiff of Stratford-Upon-Avon. 

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The colourful murals, thought to be some of the finest in Europe, were covered with limewash in 1563 when John Shakespeare was bailiff of Stratford-Upon-Avon. A close-up shows the Angel Gabriel with allegory written in English from the restored 'Allegory of Death' mural

The colourful murals, thought to be some of the finest in Europe, were covered with limewash in 1563 when John Shakespeare was bailiff of Stratford-Upon-Avon.A close-up shows the Angel Gabriel with allegory written in English from the restored ‘Allegory of Death’ mural

He was acting on orders from Henry VIII as part of the Protestant Reformation which was a backlash against the Catholic Church.

The 16th century Reformation, championed by reformers including the Tudor king and Augustinian monk Martin Luther, saw a huge upheaval in the religion, politics and culture of the day, triggering persecutions and conflicts.

The movement involved widespread rejection of Catholic art, much of which was destroyed. 

It is thought John Shakespeare’s careful use of limewash in Stratford’s Guild Chapel showed a reluctance by him to destroy the beautiful art altogether, tranh đồng trang trí phòng khách a fate which befell similar paintings in churches across the country.

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