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Reno gets the girl

Raphael’s La Donna VelataPainted nearly 500 years ago, Raphael’s La Donna Velata or La Velata (The Woman with the Veil) traveled nearly 6,000 miles across land and sea to get to Reno, Nev. – and wow, was it worth the trip!

One of only three American cities to be graced by her enchanting  beauty, Reno proudly features the painting through March 21, 2010 at the Nevada Museum of Art and presented by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation’s Arte ITALIA. The attraction of the Woman can be explained in many ways: her idealized beauty and mysterious smile, the legend of the mistress believed to be the model for the image, and the sheer talent of the painter himself.

One of the most important – and certainly among the oldest – works of art to grace the Museum walls, Raphael’s The Woman with the Veil provides audiences of all ages a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a distinctive and renowned work by a High Renaissance master and contemporary of such icons as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Three gallery spaces have been dedicated to showcase the single painting, including an interpretive area and screening room. Unique programming and guided tours are also available. The exhibition continues at Arte ITALIA, located at 442 Flint and California Ave., where additional information and film are on display.

Cost: FREE for Members / $10 adults / $8 seniors and students / $1 ages 6 to 12 years / FREE children under 5.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, late on Thursdays until 8 pm.  Galleries, Museum Store and Café Musée are closed Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays.  For more information visit: www.NevadaArt.org

Rembrandt, Raphael featured in Nevada Museum of Art exhibits

REMBRANDT Adam and Eve med100The Nevada Museum of Art, located in downtown Reno, is going big this season with two great exhibits featuring the work of Rembrandt and Raphael. Mark your calendars.

Rembrandt: The Embrace of Darkness and Light

November 7 – January 17, 2010

Visit the Museum this holiday season and explore the life and legacy of the legendary Dutch etcher and painter through this exhibit featuring 130 of his most celebrated prints. The exhibition traces the artist’s entire career as a printmaker from the drama and technical genius of his early productions to the quiet mystery and poetry of his final works. More information online.

La_donna_velata_v2 cropped100Raphael: The Woman with the Veil

January 9 – March 21, 2010

A stunning example of the High Renaissance, Raphael’s masterpiece painting The Woman with the Veil (La Velata in Italian) comes to Reno as part of an exclusive three city only U.S. tour. Presented by Reno’s ArteITALIA, the piece depicts the artist’s lover with incredible elegance and detail and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Reno-Tahoe visitors and residents alike. More information online.

View a complete list of upcoming exhibitions online.