Monday, July 14, 2008

The Cleveland Museum of Art

We made a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art yesterday. It is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. After completing part of the renovation, the museum recently reopened the Historic 1916 building, with 19 galleries and over 900 works of art. Art works available for viewing include some early American art, European art, and the popular Armor Court. One of my favorites is the Tiffany Window, which was originally designed for the Hinds House, located on Overlook Road in Cleveland. Hinds House was demolished in 1930. But the sculpture that is always a must see on my list is “Terpsichore, Muse of Choral Song and Dance” by Antonio Canova (pictured here). The museum seems to have given this statue a more prominent place and a setting greatly improved from the last time I saw it. It looked beautiful.

Here’s a brief video showing some of the things one can see in this newly renovated section. Each gallery seems to have perfect lighting and the best viewing conditions. Some of the galleries receive added diffused lighting from overhead skylights, which is easy on the eyes and creates a peaceful, calming atmosphere. It makes me very excited for the completion of the new additions to the museum building, which will be completed over the next few years.






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