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Vatican, Rome's Jews putting on first-ever joint museum show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/20/2017
Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, left, and Director of Rome's Jewish Museum Alessandra Di Castro pose for a photo in front of a bas-relief showing a menorah at the end of a press conference in Rome, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The Vatican and Rome Jewish community are teaming up for the first- ever joint exhibit by the two institutions' museums. Focus will be the menorah, the candelabra depicted in both Jewish and Catholic art over the centuries. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © The Associated Press Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, left, and Director of Rome's Jewish Museum Alessandra Di Castro pose for a photo in front of a bas-relief showing a menorah at the end of a press conference in Rome, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The Vatican and Rome Jewish community are teaming up for the first- ever joint exhibit by the two institutions' museums. Focus will be the menorah, the candelabra depicted in both Jewish and Catholic art over the centuries. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME (AP) — The museums of the Vatican and Rome's ancient Jewish community have teamed up to host their first-ever joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations after centuries of mistrust.

Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, left, and Director of Rome's Jewish Museum Alessandra Di Castro pose for a photo in front of a bas-relief showing a menorah at the end of a press conference in Rome, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The Vatican and Rome Jewish community are teaming up for the first- ever joint exhibit by the two institutions' museums. Focus will be the menorah, the candelabra depicted in both Jewish and Catholic art over the centuries. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) © The Associated Press Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, left, and Director of Rome's Jewish Museum Alessandra Di Castro pose for a photo in front of a bas-relief showing a menorah at the end of a press conference in Rome, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The Vatican and Rome Jewish community are teaming up for the first- ever joint exhibit by the two institutions' museums. Focus will be the menorah, the candelabra depicted in both Jewish and Catholic art over the centuries. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The exhibit's focus is the menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum depicted in Jewish, Catholic and secular art over the centuries.

Since Rome's Jewish Museum is tiny, it will host only 10 works. The other 120 works will be displayed at the Vatican Museums' Carlo Magno exhibit space in St. Peter's Square. A highlight will be a recently-discovered bas relief from a 1st-century Galilee synagogue.

The Jewish Museum flanks Rome's main synagogue, site of a landmark 1986 visit by Pope John Paul II.

Lending museums for the exhibit, which runs from May 15 to July 27, include the Louvre and London's National Gallery.

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