Russia and Vatican to hold art exhibition on Biblical themes

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Russia and Vatican to hold art exhibition on Biblical themes

*Moscow, September 18, Interfax - Task meeting among directors of leading Russian museums and their colleagues from the Holy See museum community was held on the eve in Vatican, special envoy of the Russian president on international cultural cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy says.

The meeting was dedicated to preparing a joint exhibition of works of art on Biblical themes from collections of the two countries, Shvydkoy writes in the article published by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta paper.

“The idea of such exposition appeared in 2013 during November meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope of Rome Francis. It took time to make this exposition real,” he said.

According to Shvydkoy, the exhibition will open in 2016, when Protestants celebrate Martin Luther 500 anniversary, “who brought Christianity to a new schism.”*

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