Uffizi's Botticelli Annunciation not going to Israel

Work of equivalent value to be sent instead

Uffizi's Botticelli Annunciation not going to Israel

Rome, September 6 - Sandro Botticelli's famous Annunciation of St Martin alla Scala will not be travelling to Israel for a planned months-long exhibition as previously announced, the culture ministry said Friday. It said the work, housed in Florence's Uffizi Gallery, would not be moved and Italy would shortly decide on a work of equivalent value and significance to send. Renaissance master Botticelli's 15th-century work was to have been loaned to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for several months starting September 17. The loan was organized by the Uffizi and the Italy-Israel Foundation for Culture and the Arts. The Annunciation is a huge fresco painted by Botticelli in 1481 on a wall at the hospital of San Martino alla Scala in Florence. It was removed from the wall there in 1920 and transferred to the Uffizi, where it underwent restoration. Early Renaissance master Botticelli, whose birth name was Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, was born in Florence in about 1445, and died in May, 1510.

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