Resurfaced artist's paintings portray life at war

A collection of artwork by Italian war artist, Fortunino Matania, have been uncovered. 

At a time when photography was still in its infancy, the acclaimed artist's work gave an insight into live at the front in a series of illustrations which were published in The Sphere.

Working as a special artist for the magazine, Matania's photographic style allowed him to recreate some of the war's most intense scenes in a realistic fashion.

Recently uncovered, the artist's work, which portrays scenes of entertainment behind the lines to soldiers tending to the wounded in battle (as seen above), is currently on show in Londoj before going under the hammer at auction.