Art: Sublime Beauty

Sublime Beauty, Cincinnati Art Museum, Raphael

Oct 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm
click to enlarge Raphael’s 'Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn'
Raphael’s 'Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn'

The Cincinnati Art Museum’s new show, Sublime Beauty, marks the very first time Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” has visited the United States, itself a reason for celebration (it was loaned by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, which acquired the painting in 1682). Like many masterpiece portraits, the painting occupies both a realm of intense clarity and ambiguity, the former made possible by Raphael’s courageous use of color and sumptuous detail, the latter owed to historical and scholarly discrepancies. Read the full review here.

Sublime Beauty will be on display through Jan. 3 at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Dr., 513-721-ARTS). More info: