It was over six hundred years ago that Giotto undertook the painting of the murals in the Peruzzi Chapel in the Santa Croce church in Florence--a series of scenes from the lives of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Divine. In the intervening centuries the murals were ""retouched, washed, scraped, patched, repainted several times, whitewashed, scraped and repainted again."" The first section of the text relates the chapel's history; the second is devoted to the recent restoration of the murals. The notes on the restoration are presented in relation to the various scenes in the frescoes and their study along with the many plate is fascinating. Frequently, only a vestige of the initial fresco remains but, even where the deterioration is great, there is still visible the grandeur of the original.