Caravaggio Painting Loaned to Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Advance of Berlusconi Visit

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Caravaggio - "Rest on the Flight into Egypt", circa 1579 - Oil on canvas, 135.5 x 166.5 cm., Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome On loan from the Italian Government to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – The Government of Italy has
agreed to the loan of Caravaggio’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt, c. 1597 from
the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for one
fortnight.
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), better known
as “Caravaggio”, is one of the greatest painters of all times, and may be termed
“the founder of Baroque” due to his innovative style, combining extreme
chiaroscuro, figures flickering in the dark, stark realism and dramatic diagonal
compositions.