Have you ever wondered why people so freely write “Merry Xmas”-? It’s not necessarily disrespectful- the use of the X in reference to Christ’s name is evidenced in Early Christian art. Case in point- the object below, 1965.551; Monogram of Christ from the 500s AD in Syria.
The museum will host an innovative dialogue on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 to explore how Cleveland can benefit from China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading economies. A distinguished panel of regional and national business, academic, journalism, and government leaders whose organizations have significant ties with China will offer insights for The Art of Reinvention: China, Ohio, and the New Global Economy.
A rare, Byzantine and Early Christan Art icon featuring the Virgin Mary and the Christ child will be on view beginning Tuesday, December 20. Acquired by the museum in June 2010 and having undergone an extensive conservation treatment since then, the Icon of the Mother of God and Infant Christ (Virgin Eleousa), will make its public debut in the Robert P. Bergman Memorial Gallery.
Mr. Wang Yansheng王燕生, Cultural Counselor, and Mr.
Acclaimed painter Ji Yunfei discussed a selection of his work at the 2011 James H. Dempsey Jr. Guest Lecture on Friday, December 2. This talk was presented in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965).
By Eileen Sullivan
Kress Fellow in Paintings Conservation
The museum was given a grant last year by the Samuel Kress Foundation to fund the conservation of Paolo Veronese’s 1575 The Annunciation.
[Edmonia Lewis is] “…the most interesting artist working in Europe…She has great natural genius, originality, earnestness, and simple genuine taste.”
--Henry T. Tuckerman, Book of the Artists (1867, pp. 603-04)