By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Mar 08, 2010 at 3:01 PM

When a rare Leonardo Da Vinci painting was on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee really took notice. Now, the whole country can take note because MAM is one of just three American museums showing Raphael's "The Woman and the Veil," on loan from Florence, Italy's Pitti Palace.

The painting will be exhibited here in a one-work show that runs from March 27 through June 6 in the museum's Koss Gallery.

It marks an extremely rare opportunity to see a work like this in Milwaukee.

"We understand that (the painting) will not leave Florence again for many years because of its artistic and cultural significance," says MAM's Director of Exhibitions Laurie Winters. "We're thrilled to share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the greatest paintings of the Italian Renaissance right here in the Midwest."

Milwaukee Art Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, students and active military. Admission is free for members and children 12 and under.

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Stay tuned for a more in-depth article on the Raphael painting's visit as the exhibition opening date approaches.