A Bella Naughty evening at the MIA

​This weekend, for the first time ever, folks in the Twin Cities will be able to view the exclusive and rare collection of "Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The collection is considered such an exceptional exhibit, that the opening reception this Saturday will be an elegant celebration, titled Bella Naughty.

[jump] ​Bella Naughty will be an evening full of enticing inspiration from the city of Venice and its notorious carnival. A black tie optional event hosted throughout the museum, masks are highly encouraged so as to transport the party back to a time of mischievous masquerade balls. Tickets to the event range from $25 to $45, and the party will last from 9 p.m. to midnight. 

The exhibit at the center of it all will be on display from February 6 through May 1, and consists of 25 Venetian masterpieces, including 12 paintings and 13 drawings from the Italian Renaissance period. The renowned oil paintings, Titian's Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto (1556-59), are the standout pieces alongside works by Veronese, Lotto, Tintoretto, and others. 

In addition to the beautiful paintings, for the first time since its purchase in December the MIA will display the View of Venice map, a Renaissance masterpiece of large proportions from 1500 that shows a bird's eye view of the city at that time. 

For a chance to view these works and the entire collection in the spirit of the enticing Venezia, Saturday night's event Bella Naughty will be just the thing. For your ticket, head over the MIA online.