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Cleveland Art, 2023 Issue 1

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: March 1, 2023

In this first issue of the New Year, I would like to extend my heartfelt best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy 2023. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. Our calendar is rich with activities, events, and exhibitions, and I look forward to welcoming you to the museum to enjoy the exciting programs described in this issue in the weeks and months ahead.

Our spring season has just kicked off with the major new exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. This exhibition traces the transformation of the arts in Tudor England through more than 80 objects—including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculpture, and armor—from our partner in this project, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and international lenders including Britain’s Royal Collection. The Tudor courts were truly cosmopolitan, boasting the work of Florentine sculptors, German painters, Flemish weavers, and Europe’s best armorers, goldsmiths, and printers, while also contributing to the emergence of a distinctly English style. Cory Korkow, curator of European paintings and sculpture, 1500–1800, explores the exhibition further beginning on page 4. 

I am very pleased to introduce another spring exhibition, Riemenschneider and Late Medieval Alabaster, opening on March 26. One of the most gifted and prolific late Gothic sculptors, Tilman Riemenschneider is renowned for his technical virtuosity and ability to convincingly portray human emotion in his elegant sculptures of religious figures. The centerpiece of the show is the CMA’s masterpiece by Riemenschneider, Saint Jerome and the Lion, produced for the Benedictine abbey church of Saint Peter in Erfurt, Germany. Our exhibition reunites Saint Jerome with another Riemenschneider work from the same church, the alabaster statuette The Virgin Mary of the Annunciation. Learn more about the exhibition from Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art, on page 10.

A third exhibition, Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession, opens on April 1. Through couture, jewelry, and other ancient and modern fine and decorative arts, the show explores the impact of Egyptomania (the influence of the art of ancient Egypt) on contemporary fashion. The exhibition illustrates how Egyptomania in fashion shapes our understanding of ancient Egyptian culture. Read more about this exhibition from Darnell-Jamal Lisby, assistant curator of fashion, beginning on page 12.

Later in this issue, Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of photography, explores the history of the CMA’s hugely important collection of photographs. Finally, we are delighted to celebrate the Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation’s generous grant to fund a postgraduate fellowship in reference librarianship in the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives on page 20. The year 2023 promises to be an exceptional one at the CMA. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon. With my gratitude and every good wish,  William M. Griswold Director and President

The cover of 2023's first issue of ClevelandArt featuring King Henry VIII

Family Drama

Vanity is timeless, but in Renaissance England, painted portraits had not yet achieved the status they would attain of luxury commissions ubiquitous among the wealthy. Instead, tapestry series with glittering gold threads and monumental scale impressed houseguests, and silver objects operated like c...

LEFT: Henry VIII (detail), c. 1509. Attributed to Meynnart Wewyck (probably Netherlandish, active England c. 1502–25). Oil on panel; 38.1 x 24.8 cm. Denver Art Museum, Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2021.29. RIGHT: Henry VIII (detail), c. 1540. Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger. (German, active England and Switzerland, 1497/98–1543). Oil on panel; 239 x 134.5 cm. National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1945, WAG 1350

Nineteenth-Century French Drawings

Now on view in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery, Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates the institution’s holdings in this field, which are widely considered among the best in not only the United States but also the world. Beginning wel...


Late Medieval Alabaster Sculpture

When the young Würzburg sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider (German, c. 1460–1531) was commissioned around 1495 to make figures in alabaster for the Benedictine monastery of Saint Peter in Erfurt, he did not have to look far to find a suitable quarry. The small town of Ickelheim, about 40 miles southeas...



A central component of curating the exhibition Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession was to uncover the nuances of fashion’s appropriation of ancient Egyptian culture, a topic hotly debated in academia and the mainstream. That process brought me to new findings I had never considered. Cultural...


The Library’s New Role

With the 2018 publication of For the Benefit of All: The CMA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan, Cleveland Museum of Art leadership sought to underscore the museum’s comprehensive commitment to diversity and articulate institutional success strategies to embed this commitment within every...


Meet the Staff

Laura Gaylord Resch is the Cleveland Museum of Art’s assistant preventive conservator. Day to day, she manages the safety and preservation of thousands of art objects. Her work requires her to liaise between museum departments to care for the CMA’s artworks, which helps maintain the accessibility of...

Photo: McKinley Wiley

From Long Shot to Close-Up

With more than 8,200 photographic prints, books, and videos, the photography department is the museum’s second-largest collection area, surpassed only by prints. This is surprising, given that the first photograph did not enter the art collection until 1935, the first purchase of a photograph did no...


Two Figures at a Door (The Proposal?)

The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired one of James Tissot’s finest paintings through a partial gift from renowned Cleveland antiques experts Ralph and Terry Kovel and their family. Born and trained in France, Tissot was an artist who straddled the worlds of French Impressionism and British Victor...