Luster Wall Tile with a Couple, 1260-1300, Fritware with luster-painted design
Iran, Kashan, Ilkhanid Period , Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust by exchange.
Excerpt from a new publication in celebration of tenth anniversary of the museum's African American Advisory Committee which has nurtured the museum's collecting of art by African American artists.
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.
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.
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.