Carlo Pietrangeli, 82, an archaeologist whose 17-year tenure as head of the Vatican Museums culminated with the restoration the Sistine Chapel, died yesterday. Despite a long illness, he had continued in his post as director-general of the museums, where Michelangelo's frescoed ceiling graces the chapel. He was appointed to the top museum post in 1978 by Pope John Paul I.
Atef el-Tayeb, 47, a film director who was part of the new realism trend in Egyptian cinema, died yesterday in Cairo after heart surgery. He won the best director award from the Cairo International Film Festival last year for his movie "Hot Night." His works were popular in other parts of the Arab world. Many of his 17 movies criticized increasing materialism in Egyptian society and emphasized Egypt's traditional close-knit family life.