Renaissance Masterpiece Coming to Portland Art Museum

Raphael: The Woman with a Veil
October 24, 2009 - January 3, 2010

This October, the Portland Art Museum will present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Raphael's renowned painting The Woman with a Veil .

Opening October 24 and organized by the Portland Art Museum, this single-painting exhibition will bring one of the most important paintings of the Renaissance to Oregon for the first time.

The Woman with a Veil (la velata or la donna velata) was painted in 1516 and depicts a serene woman looking intently at the viewer. It is believed that the model for the painting is the same woman depicted in other Raphael works including La Fornarina . Scholars have suggested that the woman was Raphael's lover, Margherita Luti.

The Woman with the Veil's perfect harmony and balance beautifully capture the fundamental principles of the High Renaissance. Raphael demonstrates his brilliance at sfumato , an Italian term for a painting technique often associated with Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa , whereby lightly applied layers of color are used to capture light and articulate volume and form.

To ensure an optimal viewing experience, The Woman with a Veil will be displayed in a gallery with no more than 25 people allowed access at any given time. Text panels, audio and video presentations, and public programs will provide insight into Renaissance art, portraiture, and the artist. A publication will accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition will travel to the Nevada Museum of Art and Milwaukee Art Museum before returning to Italy.

Special Exhibition pricing applies. Tickets are free for Museum members and timed for entry every 30 minutes. Reserve your tickets online or at the Museum's box office beginning July 12, 2009 to receive your preferred time slot.

Top: Raphael (nee Raphael Sanzio), Italian, 1483-1520, La Donna Velata or La Velata , c. 1516, (The Woman with a Veil) , Oil on canvas, 85 x 64 cm, Collection of Istituti Museale della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino.