Art: Triumph of Worms

Marco Vatasso, a young lawyer from Turin, presented his student pass at the Vatican Library last week and waited quietly while a felt-slippered attendant brought him his books. On his way down to the reading room in the Sixtus V wing, he passed a workman and one of the architects engaged in the restoration of the Library arguing excitedly in front of a pillar. Marco Vatasso worked late. It was almost dusk, almost everyone else had left the building, when he looked up to see the Library's...

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