The before and after of L’Aquila artists following the earthquake that struck at 3.32 a.m.

Antonio Gasbarrini

It took only two minutes to uproot and entoiled the life of nearly 70,000 L’Aquila residents. In only 120 flickering seconds, the centuries-old history of the city of L’Aquila (founded in 1254, destroyed five years later by Manfredi, and rebuilt in 1266), has been reduced to piles of masonry stacked high and still sitting there, stained with screams, dust and blood.