On display now through Nov. 20 is an Italian Renaissance piece by Titian titled, “La Bella: Woman in a Blue Dress.” The 16th century painting comes from the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy, and until now has never been out of the country.
Arte Italia, which was founded and is operated by the E.L. Weigand Foundation and promotes the exploration and conservation of Italian culture, is the exclusive sponsor of Titian’s painting at NMA. Rachel Milon, director of marketing and communications for NMA, said Arte Italia is located near the museum and is hosting a display of information to complement “La Bella.”
“They are housing all the information and we are housing the painting,” Milon said.
Visitors to Arte Italia, located at 442 Flint St., can learn about Titian and Venice, the city that inspired his artwork, before heading over to NMA to see the painting. Arte Italia guests will receive a complimentary pass to the NMA.
Also currently on display at NMA are the Art + Environment exhibitions.
“We have 14 exhibitions that are art and environment-focused,” Milon said, the highlight of which is “The Altered Landscape.”
“The Altered Landscape” features about 100 photographs from the museum’s signature photography collection that illustrate the way human beings have affected the landscape. The exhibition was designed by NMA curator of exhibitions Ann Wolfe.
“While the collection represents a diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects and ideological positions, it is unified by two basic principles: a concern for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on landscapes and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century,” a museum release states.
To complement “The Altered Landscape” exhibition, the museum recently released a new book titled “The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment,” a 288-page, full-color publication filled with more than 120 photographs from the museum’s signature collection. The book was co-published by NMA and Skira Rizzoli.
“This book is being distributed internationally by Random House,” Milon said.
The book is available online and in the museum gift shop for $65. Museum members will receive a 10 percent discount.
“It plays on the sense of how humans have marked the earth,” Milon said of the book.
Also included in the Art + Environment series are exhibitions of the works of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Diana Al-Hadid, Jean-Luc Mylane, Shirin Neshat, Amy Franceschini and Mike Taussig, Richard Black, Robert Adams, Linda Fleming and Jacob Hashimoto.
The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. Museum members are admitted free. Regular admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $1 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and younger.