Botticelli's 'Annunciation'
Botticelli's 'Annunciation.' Photo by Bloomberg
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Italy will lend a Botticelli masterpiece to Israel as scheduled, after delaying the loan over worries about Syria, says an aide to Israel's culture minister.

Italy's culture ministry said this month it would not send the 15th-century "The Annunciation of San Martino alla Scala" to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem due to geopolitical and logistical considerations.

But Meir Bardugo, aide to Culture Minister Limor Livnat, said Sunday that the minister worked "behind the scenes intensely" to convince Italy the work would be safe.

The head of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Antonio Natali, told the ANSA news agency on Saturday that the work had left Italy a few days ago bound for Jerusalem.

Israel Museum Director James Snyder said Sunday that the 4-month exhibit will open Tuesday.