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Mia Unveils the Second of Three Mystery Masterpieces

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Raphael, together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, form the holy trinity of great masters of the Renaissance period. Starting today at 10 a.m., you can walk into the museum and see one of Raphael’s masterpieces, Madonna of the Pinks, visiting from the world-renowned collection of the National Gallery in London on view for a limited time, for free.

This jewel of a painting, originally produced as a devotional image, depicts the Mother and Child in a dark interior, a bedchamber, exchanging a sprig of pink carnations. The artist captures in their affectionate and natural playfulness the tender emotions one might expect between a young mother and her child. Raphael’s unique and beautiful vision of this popular subject set a new precedent that would be imitated by artists for centuries.

As part of “Masterpiece in Focus,” an unprecedented series of exhibitions presented in celebration of the museum’s 100th Birthday Year, preeminent European museums are lending Mia three paintings by three of the world’s greatest artists for the enjoyment of the people of Minnesota. Stay tuned for the third and final reveal later this year.

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Thank You for a Great Year!

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As the Minneapolis Institute of Art brings the exciting yearlong 100th Birthday celebration to a close, we thank you for making it all possible. To conclude our year of 52 surprises, we are delighted to announce the gift of more than 400 works of art from 58 individual collectors, including longtime supporters of the museum, current […]

Staff Favorites, Now on View at Mia

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In closing out the year of celebration for the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s 100th Birthday, we’ve invited Mia staff to call out their personal favorite works of art. These are marked  in the galleries with special temporary labels, on view through the end of the year. Much like you’d find in a wine shop or bookstore, […]

Surprise “Candlelight” Tours of the Period Rooms

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Surprise! Mia is offering a special “candlelight” tour of the period rooms in conjunction with the Living Rooms project. Curators will take a limited number of people through the rooms after the museum has closed and the modern lighting has been turned off, illuminating the history and context of these beloved museum installations they originally existed. The surprise candlelight period […]

Mia Plus, a New Way to Engage in the Galleries

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People experience the museum in many different ways. When you visit, we want you to feel comfortable and welcome, no matter your entry point. As part of Mia’s 100th Birthday Year, we’re excited to introduce Mia Plus, a new gallery experience that’s both enjoyable and educational. Mia Plus offers more opportunities to gather, converse, contemplate, and […]