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  9/17/2013, Tishrei 13, 5774

Botticelli Piece at Israel Museum


Today (Tuesday) the Israel Museum put a fresco by Botticelli on display.  This was the results of intense diplomatic efforts to assure the Italian government that the Museum would be able to safeguard the piece, according to AFP.

Earlier this month, coinciding with the intensification of regional tensions and the possibility of a U.S. military action in Syria, the Italians decided to delay the loan, saying the timing was “not appropriate”.

A spokesperson for Minister of Culture, Limor Livnat, told AFP that the minister had done all within her power  to convince her Italian counterpart that "there was no danger in bringing the artwork, and the Israel Museum had all the necessary conditions to safeguard it”.

The piece, "The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala",was painted in 1481 and originally intended for the hospital of San Martino alla Scala, which is in Florence. In 1920 it was transferred to a Florentine workshop for restoration due to heavy damage.