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RENO, NV – (May 27, 2014) – Through the generosity of visionary art collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, arte italia presents Italian Baroque: Selections from the Haukohl Family Collection, on view March 29 through early November.

"arte italia is thrilled to 'go for baroque' with an exquisite display of classical Baroque treasures," said Kristen Avansino, President and Executive Director of arte italia. "Showcasing rare works from Sir Mark's special collection is particularly gratifying as each piece comes from the largest private collection of Florentine Baroque art in the United States."

Headlining the historic exhibition are four extraordinary sculptures by Antonio Montauti (1685-1740). Commissioned by the powerful Medici family, the polychrome stucco works honor the contributions of Italian icons Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Marsilio Ficino.

The exhibit also introduces two additional sculptural relics that reveal the significance of the powerful Medici family's patronage of the arts in Italy. First, a bronze replica of Mercury garners attention for its elegance and physique. Sculptor Giambologna (1529-1628) created the original piece to embellish the classically-inspired fountain in the gardens of the Villa Medici in Rome.

Additionally, a polychrome wood statue of St. Michael the Archangel and protector of the Catholic Church highlights the richness and traditions of the Baroque period through deeply colored vestments and meticulously carved wings.

An interpretive film detailing the restoration and conservation of Onorio Marinari's famous painting, Saint Sebastian, as well as educational components including the House of Medici's artistic contributions to the Baroque era complete this remarkable presentation.


Founded in Reno, NV and operated by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, arte italia promotes the exploration and conservation of Italian culture through innovative exhibitions of classic Italian art and culinary programs featuring renowned Italian chefs. Located at 442 Flint Street, arte italia is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm (8pm on Thursdays) until July 6, 2014, and Thursday through Sunday, noon- 5pm, through November 2. Admission is free.

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