Art: Resurrection in Cheapside

Since it was first built early in the 16th century, the chapel of London's Mercers' guild has been twice destroyed—once by the Great Fire of 1666, again by Hitler's blitzes in 1941. This year workmen began digging into the ruins of the chapel, located in the Cheapside section of London, preparatory to rebuilding it again. As they worked their way into the soft earth around the vaults, their shovels clinked against a buried stone object.

The object turned out to be a sculptured slab, 6 ft. 5½ in. by 2 ft. 3 in., showing the dead Christ laid out on a rough,...

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