On the outskirts of Madrid, the Valley of the Fallen stands as an ominous reminder of the torture and murder of tens of thousands of Spaniards during Spain's Civil War. The Valle has long been viewed as a monument to General Francisco Franco, the winner of that war and dictator of Spain for nearly 40 years, who is buried there.
As the BBC reports in a news story and video, Spain is now struggling with how to present the monument in a way that recognizes the pain of those on the losing side of the Civil War, while being faithful to the history of the monument.
A painting by Michelangelo, thought to have been lost, has been discovered hanging on the wall in Campion Hall at Oxford. It's somewhat bittersweet for the owner of the painting, as it has now been moved to a museum for safe keeping. The master of Campion Hall, Father Brendan Callaghan, said: "It's a very beautiful piece, but far too valuable to have on our wall any more."
This sort of thing is not unknown. A few years back a lost Caravggio painting was found in the entry hall of a boys school in Ireland. It's now on permanent loan to the National Gallery in Dublin, since the school cannot afford the insurance to hang it on their own wall.
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