Nevada Museum of Art going for Baroque with new exhibit

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Updated: 3/27/2014 5:36 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Nevada Museum of Art is bringing a taste of Florence to the Biggest Little City through its new Italian Baroque exhibit.

The exhibit doesn't open until this weekend, but the museum gave us a sneak peek with a special tour guide the man who's been collecting these paintings for decades.

"This is the largest collection of Baroque painting outside of Italy," said Sir Mark Haukohl. 

The Italian Baroque paintings are on loan from the Haukohl family collection. 

"It shows 100 years of the evolution of painting in Florence, Italy," he said.

Haukohl said the work is a departure from the formality of the Renaissance.

"It's the release of restraint," he said. "To something a little bit more modern, modern as Baroque would be in the 17th Century."
Haukohl gave us a tour of the exhibit before it opens, showcasing the unique style and breathtaking detail. 

He said he can't explain why he loves this period. He just does. 

"It is images in a very realistic fashion and I think you can get a great sense of beauty and a great sense of reality out of a lot of these paintings," Haukohl said. 

Haukohl said this is is a great exhibit for people who are new to art.

"It's not looking at something that is too abstract," he said. "It's not looking at something that's too conceptual. It's the foundation of great painting."

The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through July 6. For more information, click here.
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