Guest of Honor: Titian’s “La Bella”: Woman in a Blue Dress
July 22 - September 18, 2011
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107
The most celebrated artist in Renaissance Venice, Titian painted many beautiful women. Arguably the beautifullest, known as La Bella, will grace the galleries of the Kimbell this summer after a recent cleaning. The painting was first owned by Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, a mercenary military leader. In May 1536 the duke sent a letter to his agent in Venice inquiring about the progress of “that portrait of that woman in a blue dress,” whose completion he eagerly awaited. Today, the painting is in the collection of the Galleria Palatina in Florence, a guest of honor at the Kimbell.