Menil Byzantine frescoes en route to Cyprus

HOUSTON, TX.- Over the past two days, the largest intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western Hemisphere were removed from their home in Houston, Texas. The extraordinary story of the two relics began more than 20 years ago, when they were rescued from the black market by Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil after being looted from a Chapel in the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus and dismantled into 38 pieces with a chainsaw. Following a groundbreaking agreement between the Menil and the Archbishopric of Cyprus, the frescoes were restored and have spent the last 15 years in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel. The concluding leg of their journey began earlier this week, when the frescoes were removed from the Chapel and prepped for the journey to their homeland. In 1983, Dominique de Menil, founder of the Menil Collection, was presented with an