Even the strongest telescope can only see as far back as 1971, when 90% of all art was stitched on denim. Peer further into artistic history with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get two tickets (a $12 value each for adults, $10 each for seniors and college students, and $6 each for ages 3–17) to Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the Cleveland Museum of Art on East Boulevard. This Groupon is valid from October 17–December 24, and it cannot be used from November 26–28.
A cooperative effort among the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Museum in Baltimore, and the British Museum in London, the Treasures of Heaven exhibition examines the worship and enshrinement of Christian relics, as well as the artful containers known as reliquaries that were used to house them. Peruse nearly 100 works of art—many of which have never left their countries of origin for fear of debilitating jet lag—including those used to provide a resting place and showcase for the remains and accoutrements of important early Christians. Major pieces include the Portable Altar of Countess Gertrude, an 11th-century selection from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s own collection; and Box with Stones from the Holy Land, a finely wrought wooden container dating back to the sixth or seventh century. To prevent the antique artistry from bursting into flames under the laser-like stares of inquisitive exhibitionists, guests can also divert their eyes and other senses toward video, audio, paintings, and photography in an effort to further their understanding of relics and how they were experienced in days of yore.
One of the nation's most respected institutions, the Cleveland Museum of Art is home to more than 40,000 coveted objects. Access to the museum's permanent collections of textiles, photography, drawings, paintings, armor, and sculpture from all over the world is free for all visitors, making it appropriate for a day of education, an afternoon of family fun, or a weeklong “I Spy” tournament. The museum is closed on Mondays but open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Chief curator Griffith Mann has organized "Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe." On view from Sunday, Oct. 17, to Monday, Jan. 17, the show will survey roughly 100 reliquaries and devotional objects, encrusted with jewels and precious metals, which connected the faithful with holy places and people who died as martyrs. – Steven Litt, Cleveland.com
- With more than 100 paintings, sculptures, precious metalworks, and illuminated manuscripts drawn from U.S. and European collections, this exhibit will provide a glimpse into the Middle Ages when art mediated between heaven and earth and churches were filled with gorgeous objects. Included will be relics, the physical remains of holy people as well as the objects they wore or used, that were important in early Christianity. – Tahree Lane, Toledo Blade
- The museum is well-organized and I was pleasantly pleased to see some very good collections that even non-art connoisseurs such as we really enjoyed. There were some very well-known pieces such as one of the very large panels of Monet's Waterlillies. – mrlabes, TripAdvisor
- This is one of my favorite museums and I spent 7 weeks touring museums in Western Europe. I like it better than the Met because you don't have to deal with crowds and it is smaller--however, the collection is on par. – Amy T., Yelp
Cleveland Museum of Art
Since it's founding in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art has operated under a simple—yet lofty—mission statement: "For the benefit of all people, forever." In the spirit of that all-encompassing philosophy, the museum features works as disparate as ancient artifacts from the Classical world, lush landscapes from Dutch masters, and pieces from modern icons.
- Size: the museum stretches across nearly 600,000 square feet, and contains 19 galleries spotlighting 5,800 years of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas
- Eye Catcher: an original cast of Auguste Rodin's Thinker sculptures, this one damaged by a pipe bomb attack in 1970—a crime for which no one was ever charged
- Permanent Mainstays: internationally renowned Asian, Egyptian, and Indian collections
- Visiting Exhibit: Yoga: The Art of Transformation, which includes Islamic divination texts, three stone yoginis from a 10th-century Chola temple, and Thomas Edison's Hindoo Fakir, the first film about an Indian subject ever produced
- Don't Miss: Gallery One, a digital interactive gallery that lets visitors explore works by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Chuck Close on the largest multi-touch microtile screen in the United States
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