The Israel Museum honored former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek with an exhibition that recently opened here.
The exhibition, “Masterpieces from Imperial Vienna: Loans from the Kunsthistorisches Museum,” is a tribute not only to Kollek, who was born 85 years ago this week in Vienna, but also to Jerusalem itself, which is now celebrating its third millennium.
The show, on loan from the Vienna museum, focuses on the development of Renaissance and Baroque art.
The paintings on display include Rubens’ last self-portrait; Poussin’s historical painting of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by Emperor Titus and his troops; and works by the Venetian artists Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto.
Also on display are ancient Greek vases depicting mythological scenes; two rare cameos with depictions of the Emperors Claudius, Augustus and Caligula; and busts and of the Emperors Augustus and Trajan.
The exhibition will run through Sept. 15.
Next year, the Israel Museum, will reciprocate by lending “Masterpieces from the Land of the Bible” to the Kunsthistorisches Museum.