October 14 Cleveland Museum of Art

Annelise has taken me to visit the utterly magnificent Cleveland Museum of Art every time I’ve stayed with her.


I love visiting old favorites, and there’s always new things for me to swoon over. This time, there was a new exhibit that had just opened, Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse.


It’s an incredible display of more than 100 works, mostly paintings. The exhibit will be traveling to London, but that’s the only other place it will be shown as a collection. It was very interesting to read the list all the different museums that had loaned pieces to the exhibit. The curators had been able to reassemble the three huge canvases that make up Monet’s most famous water lilies triptych. It filled one huge wall of the room. Alas, no photos were allowed of the exhibit, so you’ll just have to see it yourself. I wish I could have photographed two paintings by Matisse, one in 1917, during the worst year of the war, and the other 1919, when it was over. Both paintings have a powerful emotional impact. And look for the little round garden table that unites them. It’s more than worth the trip.

So then I visited some old friends in the museum. Here’s S-G’s Amor Caritas, which I found when I was first learning about S-G: P1020064 And here’s a painting I love because it looks like my handsome son:P1020060 and this is about it:P1020061

I love this photo of the guy with the green glasses–they were to protect his eyes from the bright light of Argand lamps, which were discussed and illustrated in an earlier post. Plus, he looks like a well-dressed Deadhead.P1020062 Audubon painted action  portrait of Peregrine falcons, which are my husband’s favorite birds:P1020063

These little ivory pieces had been tossed in a well when the town was invaded, and were found centuries later by Sir Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie’s husband.P1020065

Here’s some amazing pieces from the Central/South American collection that had been crafted long before the Europeans arrived. (Cue my usual rant about how successful and prosperous the indigenous peoples of the Americas were before the Europeans arrived to “save” and “convert” them.  harrumph.)P1020059 P1020058

Annelise recommended this Persian tent. There’s something about fabric art that really appeals to me. Though very different, I was reminded of the Bayeux Tapestry.P1020057 P1020056 P1020055 P1020054

Here’s one of a pair of huge griffins. This one is guarding a knight. The other is guarding a calf.P1020066  And all the icky creatures on this piece of 19th Century French porcelain caught my eye. Would you eat off this plate?P1020067

And that’s just a minuscule sample of the treasures at the museum. The Monet exhibit has an entry fee, but the museum itself is always free, and almost always open. Go visit it. You’ll love it.

On the way home, we stopped at another treasure, the Wade Chapel in the Lake View Cemetery.


All the artwork was designed by Louis Tiffany. I’ve visited it several times, and always find something new to exclaim about. Got a couple photos, but it doesn’t begin to convey the magnificence of the chapel. Stop there, too. It’s free.P1020069 P1020068

Annelise and I have been on a cooking binge. We’ve made risotto, chocolate chip cookies, and even some fruitcakes. She’s made pizza for dinner tonight, and we’ll make one of my specialties, arroz con pollo, chicken with rice, for company on Friday. Yum.


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