NMA announces once-in-a-lifetime viewing of Renaissance master’s painting

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Nevada Museum of Art news release:

Nevada Museum of ArtArte ITALIA, through its relationship with New York-based Foundation for Italian Art & Culture, has announced it will present a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of Raphael’s masterpiece painting La Velata (The Woman with a Veil) in the E. L. Wiegand Gallery at the Nevada Museum of Art from Jan. 9 through March 21, 2010.

Completed in 1516–four years before Raphael died at age 37–the painting embodies some of the High Renaissance master’s distinctive qualities: his control over pigment and color and a serenity that contrasts with the style of his mentors and fellow icons of the era, notably Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

“We are humbled and excited that the highly esteemed Foundation for Italian Art & Culture has made it possible for Arte ITALIA to present this 500-year-old magnificent masterpiece in Nevada for the first time,” said Raymond C. Avansino, Jr., Chairman of the E. L. Wiegand Foundation and Arte ITALIA. “With the help of our friends at FIAC, Arte ITALIA is bringing an important Italian Renaissance treasure to Nevada schoolchildren, scholars, aspiring artists and the public. Unless you visit the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy you would not have the opportunity to view this superb masterwork.”

David Walker, Executive Director and CEO of the Nevada Museum of Art, said, “Arte ITALIA and the Nevada Museum of Art have collaborated for months to make this a reality. Our relationship is a marriage of missions and we are thrilled to assist Arte ITALIA with bringing world class Italian art to Nevada. The opportunity to see Raphael’s The Woman with a Veil is a gift of a lifetime to our community.”

Founded in Reno and operated by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, Arte ITALIA promotes the exploration and conservation of Italian culture, including innovative exhibitions of classic Italian art and culinary programs featuring renowned Italian chefs.

Additional information is available at www.nevadaart.org and www.arteitaliausa.com.

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