Peer into artistic history with today’s side deal: for $12, you get two tickets to Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the Cleveland Museum of Art, located on East Boulevard (a $12 value each for adults, $10 each for seniors and college students, and $6 each for ages 6–18). This Groupon is valid from December 7–January 17.
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 about 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. The museum is closed on Mondays but open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Cleveland Museum of Art's Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe exhibit was previewed on Cleveland.com and in the Blade. Yelpers give the museum a five-star average, while TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- 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, Blade
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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