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New Interactive Gallery Opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art on January 21

CLEVELAND (January 14, 2013) – On January 21, 2013, the Cleveland Museum of Art will open Gallery One, a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museum’s renowned collections. This revolutionary space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection.

Collection Highlight: Islamic Art

Posted on January 1, 2013 by ClevelandArt

After a seven-year hiatus, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s late medieval, Renaissance and Islamic collections have returned to public view. The artwork is showcased in the recently renovated galleries of the first level of the museum’s original 1916 Beaux-Arts building, designed by Hubbell and Benes. Within each historical area, objects are organized thematically and incorporate a variety of media. The installations are presented in integrated displays that foster an understanding of the social and historical contexts within which these works of art were produced.

Recent Acquisition: Virgin and Child in Majesty (Sedes Sapientiae)

Posted on November 29, 2012 by ClevelandArt

This extremely rare Romanesque wood sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary’s role in important Christian doctrine. It belongs to a type known as Sedes Sapientiae (the Throne of Wisdom). The subject shows the Virgin Mary’s role as principal mediator between God and man in the Incarnation, the moment in which Christ became human. In this sculpture, Mary is seated frontally and hieratically on a throne.

Recap: Highlights Tour

Posted on July 5, 2012 by ClevelandArt

Way back in 2008, when the Cleveland Museum of Art reopened a good portion of its permanent collection to the public, some friends and I decided to spend an afternoon checking out the galleries. Stepping into the brand new entrance to the 1916 building, the first thing we were greeted with was Jeptha Wade’s Portrait of Nathaniel Olds, a man from the 1830s wearing what appeared to be a sweet pair of sunglasses:

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