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While in Cleveland we had the chance to make it to University Circle which is known for its selection of museums and things to do. We first started with the Cleveland Museum of Art which is free to the public except for the Rembrandt Exhibit currently on display. There is a free coat check and a shop for foods and drinks. We did not have the chance to visit the Rembrandt exhibit, but we did make it around to see all the other exhibits. The priceless pieces on display were donated, loaned, or purchased by and to the Cleveland Art museum. They include pieces of precious metals and jewels, to carvings and paintings that have lasted thousands of years. Here is a brief walk through of a handful of the many things to see. The museum also host many events during the year which includes music & performances, films, lectures, tours and more. The museum also has an extensive area on planning your trip to the museum with tips for bring kids and their general policies.
We first started with Early Christian and Byzantine Art which was great. Having lived in Jerusalem, Israel for 3 years of my childhood life, it was very nostalgic by bringing me back to many of the great artifacts that have come from that area of the world.
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Next we made our way to the section of Western Medieval Art. It included old stone carvings, books, utensils, a shrine with finger bone in it, and much more. The art was absolutely stunning.
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Next was Egyptian art. This included many artifacts such as a heavily decorated and elaborate sarcophagus. There are many statues and carvings and small intricate pieces of jewelry. The detail that was put into the pieces that are more than 2000 years old is incredible. And the condition in which they currently exist made it well worth the visit.
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The next room we went to was on African art. Many of the pieces were not more than half a century old, but it included a nice rounded selection of masks, instruments and traditionally worn pieces. Having lived in Nigeria for 1 year and having a lot of African art in our home, it made us feel a little at home, away from home.
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Next were ancient Roman, Near Eastern, Greek, Etruscan, and South Italian Art. This was a great display of art of all types ranging from statues, to carvings, to casted statues. There was art that was out of the ordinary with a large emphasize on human reproductive features; penis, breasts, and vaginas. It is obvious that sex was important to these cultures, but then again we can thank them for populating the early world. Thanks again!
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This was all on just one level of the Museum. Next stop is floor 2 which is filled with classical works of art and many furniture pieces from the Aristocratic times of French and British nobility. It also includes a huge section of medieval armor, weapons, Faberge art, more American Art, a Rodin Exhibit hall, modern Art, and much more. Soon to come!