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Italian Art Restorers Accused of Censoring Phallic Fresco (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/22/11 01:15 PM ET Updated: 10/22/11 06:12 AM ET

A 746-year-old fresco called "The Tree Of Fertility" is at the center of a scandal in Italy, after artists restoring the work appear to have removed several phalluses from the piece.

The painting used to feature a tree festooned with penises and testicles, several of which are now missing, following the restoration work.

The restoration team deny that the censorship was intentional, saying that chemicals used in the process may have caused the phallic images to disappear.


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