Copyright, Jim LaneCleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Atrium looking West.
The original 1916 building is at left. (It was a slow day.)
|The CMA's Classical Revival Face|
It had been over thirty years (1981, to be exact) since I'd been there. Much had changed in that time, but the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) still ranks as one of the top museums I've ever visited. In the time since my last encounter, the physical layout had more than doubled in size. I'm just guessing, but I suspect the collection has likely quadrupled during that time. Today, their collection of art and artifacts numbers some 44,000 pieces (I asked). However, just as is the case in virtually every other art museum in the world, only a small fraction of that is on display (in CMA's case, about 4,100 items). All I can say is, they must have some hellaciously large storage vaults downstairs (or somewheres).
|The CMA's contemporary face, it's older facade all but obscured at right. |
Notice the two-story "glass box" at center-right, which displays
the transitional phases of 19th-century European sculpture.
|Cupid and Psyche, 1817, Jacques-Louis David.|
|The Crucifixion of St. Andrew, 1606-07, Caravaggio|
Copyright, Jim LaneMaking a fashion statement, northern Italy, circa 1575.
(CMA's Armour Room).