Caravaggio Painting Sent to Tel Aviv in Advance of Berlusconi Visit

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TEL AVIV.- 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. Surprisingly, this was all achieved by a man who