Snaps from the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the chance to visit Cleveland for the first time for the wedding of one of my good friends from graduate school. The wedding was held at the beautiful Cleveland Botanical Gardens, so I took the opportunity to visit the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art prior to the nuptials.

Cleveland Museum of Art

The CMA was founded in 1913, “for the benefit of all the people forever.” It’s not the largest museum, but it is packed full of treasures and very well curated. The building itself is beautiful, comprised of different wings done in different architectural styles.

Given that we were preparing for a long day of wedding celebrations, we started out with an absolutely scrumptious brunch at Provenance, the museum restaurant. (There’s also a cafe, but don’t be confused–the two aren’t the same thing!) I had some fabulous french toast, but everything looked amazing. And we were able to get a table on a Sunday afternoon without a reservation, which was surprising and awesome. After brunch, we went for a long wander around the museum, so I just wanted to share some of the random images I snapped.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Ganesha, 600s
Limestone
Cambodia, Takeo Province, Angkor Borei region

Cleveland Museum of Art

Mourning Mary, about 1710-1740
Stone with traces of original color
Austria, possibly Vienna

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Christ and Saint John the Evangelist, 1300-1320
Polychromed and gilded oak
Germany, Swabia, near Bodenesee (Lake Constance)

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Seaside (July: Specimen of a Portrait), 1878
Oil on fabric
Jacques-Joseph Tissot
(French, 1836-1902)

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I’m not sure what this is, but I love this picture.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Portico Clock, about 1780-1790
Gold, enamel
French

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Portrait of Melle de Vandeul, possibly 1760
Terracotta on a marble base
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger
(French, 1704-1778)

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The Armor Room

Cleveland Museum of Art

Figure of the Nurse (La Nourrice), early 1600s
Faience with enamel decoration
Attributed to Claude Bertelemy de Blenod
France, Fontainebleau-Avon workshop

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Apollo the Python-Slayer
aka “The Cleveland Apollo”
Attributed to Praxiteles (Greek, about 400-350 BC)

It was quite a lovely morning of art viewing, followed by a lovely evening wedding. What a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend. If you ever have a chance to visit Cleveland, I highly recommend that you stop by the Museum of Art–and the other attractions nearby looked interesting as well, if you have a bit more time in the city.

Have you been to the Cleveland Museum of Art? What are your favorite art museums? Let me know in the comments!