Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It's beautiful: The Cleveland Museum of Art is Open

A few weeks ago the great Cleveland Museum of Art reopened its main building with 19 galleries and 900 pieces of art after a two year fix-me-up. Well, it's more than that. It's just the start of a wonderful $350 million plus renovation. In a few years there will be new galleries and more outstanding art. It was so wonderful to see some old friends there and some things I've never seen before.

Rodin's The Thinker. You always ask, "what's he thinking about?" How great the museum is behind him? Of course! He's also wondering, who blew my butt off the stand? (C.B., where are you?)

The new stunner at the museum is this five piece series. All the paintings were recently painstakingly cleaned and the result is fantastic (person walking in image was purposeful in order to give case you were wondering).

The Muse is a best-of-class sculpture.

As kids we loved the armory room. It's back and looking great.

This horse and rider armor set-up is a favorite.

Back outside we took a look at the fountain and the Wade Oval.

We used to call this church the "Holy Oil Can". I'm sure the Thinker is thinking he's glad not to be sitting on that!

All images Canon G9.

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We really missed this place.

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At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a trip back to an old haunt. I took life drawing at the museum in the early 60's. I felt so grown up to have the opportunity to go down on the bus alone and attend the classes with live models.

Donna Shouldis, Shaw HS Class of '63


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