This Caravaggio was chosen to honour Italy’s refugees (from THELOCAL.IT)

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A masterpiece by the Italian master Caravaggio was unveiled on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Friday as part of a special refugee-themed art exhibition.

The iconic 1608 painting ‘Sleeping Cupid’ has been loaned to the island’s newly established ‘Museum of Faith and Dialogue for the Mediterranean’ by Florence’s Uffizi art gallery. It is the first time the picture, which shows a baby boy sprawled out next to a broken bow and arrow, has been exhibited outside Florence since it was acquired by Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici in 1610.

Authorities say the painting was especially chosen refugee exhibition because it draws parallels with a photo of a drowned refugee child which scandalized Europe in summer 2015.

“Aylan, the boy who was found dead on a Turkish beach last year, was reminiscent of the sleeping cupid,” Eike Schmidt, curator of the Uffizi gallery told Italian arts magazine Vita.

But Schmidt insisted the picture … READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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