The exhibition 'Splendours of Assisi' currently showing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been hailed as a spectacular success, with an attendance of over 150,000. Its promoters point out that it has upstaged a Picasso exhibition currently being staged at the same museum.
    Organised by the Ministry of Italian Cultural Patrimony, the Vatican Library, the Sacred Convent of Assisi, and the Monte dei Paschi Bank, the goal is to raise funds for the restoration of the Basilica of St Francis, which was badly damaged during the 1997 Italian earthquake.
    The exhibit offers the visitors art treasures and documents of the Franciscan tradition which have been held in custody in the Franciscans' Sacred Convent. It remains in New York until 27 June, before travelling on to San Francisco and Rome for next year's. It was visited by 180,000 people while in Paris.

9:34am 4/5/99 / Zenit


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