'Sensational' sixth-century fresco of St Paul discovered
Naples find one of 'most intense' images of late antiquity28 June, 18:27
The saint is wearing a tunic with the letter 'I' on the hem, which may stand for 'Iesus' (Latin for Jesus).
''The image, which dates to the start of the sixth century, is one of the most intense, austere figures of late antiquity,'' read the piece announcing the discovery, which will be published in Wednesday's L'Osservatore Romano.
The right side of the work has not survived the last 1,500 years.
The commission said details suggest that an image of Saint Peter would have been there. photo: a fresco of Saint Paul.