Famous Botticelli painting makes aliyah

Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 by Webmaster

Famous Botticelli painting makes aliyah
A historical message from Italy to Israel: To celebrate the launching of the Italy-Israel Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Florence's Uffizi Gallery will allow Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece, The Annunciation, to come to Israel. It is a New Year’s gift to celebrate 65 years of the country’s independence.

The fresco, a giant wall painting considered one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art, spreads over more than 50 meters. It will be presented next month during a celebratory reception."As a symbol of the importance that Italy places upon the creation," said Simonetta Della Seta, CEO of the foundation, "the cultural minister of Italy, Massimo Bray, will lend it to Israel, and inaugurate the exhibition at the Israel Museum, together with Minister Limor Livnat."

At the event, Professor Cristina Acidini, one of the world's leading experts on Rennaissance art, will speak about the common denominator between religions, as evidenced in art. The Israeli public will be able to view the Botticelli work, which is valued at tens of millions of euros, for four months through mid-January 2014.

Sandro Botticelli was born in 1445 and died in 1510. The Annunication, dated 1481, is considered one of his masterpieces. The source of the painting was the San Martino hospital, which over the years became a monastery. In the 1700s, the painting was covered over, but in 1920, the painting was separated from the wall on which it was painted, and restored to its original appearance.

In the painting, the Virgin Mary is seen meeting with an angel who tells her that she is pregnant. In addition to classical motifs , the painting includes several clear elements of Bottecilli's works: balanced harmony of colors, perspective, and delicate design of characters.




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