Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing
Enjoy an interactive conversation about wine and art with BGFA director Tarissa Tiberti and master sommelier Jason Smith on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost is $38. Guests must be at least 21.
Monet, Picasso, Warhol. These are just a few of the highfalutin names echoed through the halls of the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art. Once or twice a year, the curators put their awesomely artsy brains together to bring world-class masterpieces to Las Vegas.
As if we all hadn't seen the über impressive flower-thingies from Dale Chihuly on the lobby ceiling that are made of hand-blown glass (there are 2,000 of them BTW), they go and blow our minds with big name artist's some of us have only heard about on TV. No need to point fingers, you know who you are.
The current swanky installation comes from that of a one Peter Carl Fabergé. Yep, as in the beloved jeweler to the Russian imperial family who crafted the first famous Easter egg (sorry Cadbury). "Fabergé Revealed," which is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, includes a whopping 238 artifacts, making this the largest public collection of Fabergé items outside of Russia.
Visitors can see the most famous of these one-of-a-kind pieces, the imperial eggs. Only 43 eggs are still known to exist and four of them are on display at the gallery. Check out the Imperial Pelican Easter Egg. Made in 1897, it took more than a year to complete and was hand-crafted to celebrate the Dowager Empress of Russia. For those of you who don't watch Downton Abbey (tsk-tsk), the dowager is the title-holding and property-owning widow, AKA one well-kept lady. Evidence of that can be seen in the egg's serious bling: gold, diamonds, pearls and ivory.
Other eggs on display boasting more jewels than your bedazzled iPhone case include the Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg and the Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg.
The exhibit also features "Fauxbergé" items (which were thought to be originals) so you can see how they match up against the real deal. This glorious eggs-hibition bids adieu on May 25.
Image courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts