Italy Delays Botticelli Loan to Israel

  • Fresco by Sandro Botticelli

    Fresco by Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli's "The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala" will stay in Florence after officials there postponed its trip to Jerusalem due to the Syria conflict, first reported The Telegraph.

The rare 17 by 8 foot fresco remains in the Uffizi Gallery. It was to be loaned to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as a gesture from Italy to Israel acknowledging Israel's 65th anniversary of statehood.

Italian culture ministry cited geopolitical and logistical considerations as the reason for the delay.

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