This rare early bronze image of Vajrapani is now on view in gallery 237. Vajrapani means “he who holds (pani) the thunderbolt (vajra)” in Sanskrit.
Adopted by Buddhists as a protector, this sculpture visually conveys his power to overcome fear and obstacles to enlightenment.
Piero di Cosimo’s A Hunting Scene, a generous loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is on view at the CMA through Tues, Jan 31, 2017.
Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522) was born in Florence, the son of a goldsmith. He apprenticed in the studio of the artist Cosimo Rosselli (1439–1507) for whom he assisted in painting the Sistine Chapel in 1481–82. Piero was an older contemporary of Michelangelo, but about a decade younger than Leonardo, who would have much influence on the artist later in his career.
Tonight, head to the museum for MIX: Metal, with activities, music, and demonstrations inspired by iron, gold, bronze, silver, and more in the Armor Court and the exhibition Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain. For more metallic inspiration, check out these works of art in the museum’s galleries at MIX.
The days are growing chillier, the nights longer—it’s almost time for Halloween! Give yourself a treat (or a fright!) and get in the spirit of the season with these haunting works on view in the CMA’s galleries.