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Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Founded in 1881, its collection of over 100,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history. The Romanesque-revival building opened in 1886. A series of additions and renovations have considerably altered the building over its 133-year history.

The Cincinnati Wing houses a permanent exhibit of art created for Cincinnati or by Cincinnati artists since 1788. The Cincinnati Wing contains the work of Frank Duveneck, Rookwood Pottery, Robert Scott Duncanson Mitchell and Rammelsberg furniture.

The art museum has paintings by European masters, including Master of San Baudelio, Jorge Ingles, Sandro Botticelli, Matteo di Giovanni, Mattia Preti, Bernardo Strozzi, Frans Hals, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Peter Paul Rubens, and Aert van der Neer.

The art collection also includes works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso.

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Highlights of the Cincinnati Art Museum

  • “Young Ladies Looking at Japanese Objects” by James Tissot
    • Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836 – 1902), anglicized as James Tissot, was a French painter and illustrator. He was a successful painter in Paris before moving to London in 1871. He became famous as a genre painter of fashionably dressed women. Tissot left Paris after the Franco-Prussian War and resided in London from 1871. He knew James McNeill Whistler and Edgar Degas, but turned away from Impressionism and focused mainly on portraits and genre paintings of the Victorian upper classes in a more polished academic style. These pictures are typical of Tissot’s work, depicting his subjects with almost photographic realism. He composed ambiguous narratives that hinted at risqué behavior among the wealthy classes and the boundaries of propriety.
  • “Samson and Delilah” by Peter Paul Rubens
    • “Samson and Delilah” by Peter Paul Rubens depicts an episode from the Old Testament story of Samson and Delilah. Samson was a Hebrew hero of the ancient Israelites described in the Book of Judges. Samson was granted immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including defeating an army of Philistines. However, if Samson’s long hair were cut, then his vow would be violated, and he would lose his strength. Unfortunately, he fell in love with Delilah, who betrayed him. Delilah had been bribed by the Philistines to learn Samson’s secret of his great strength. Rubens portrays the moment when, having fallen asleep on Delilah’s lap, Samson’s hair is cut. Delilah is shown with all of her clothes, but with her breasts exposed. The man cutting Samson’s hair is crossing his hands, which is a sign of betrayal. Philistine soldiers can be seen waiting in the background waiting for Samson to lose his strength and to capture him. The older woman’s face standing behind Delilah may symbolize Delilah’s future looks. The two women are shown with similar profiles.
  • Saint Helena with the Cross by Lucas Cranach, the Elder
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was a court painter to the Electors of Saxony and is famous for his portraits of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced. He was a close friend of Martin Luther, and he is commemorated in the liturgical calendars of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches. Cranach also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and then later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. Cranach had a large workshop, and many of his works exist in different versions. His son Lucas Cranach the Younger, and others continued to create versions of his works for decades after his death. He is considered the most successful German artist of his time.

Cincinnati Art Museum

  • Museum:                   Cincinnati Art Museum
  • City:                           Cincinnati
  • Country:                     United States
  • State:                         Ohio
  • Established:               1881
  • Type:                          Art museum
  • Demonym:                 Cincinnatian
  • Location:                    953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio

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– Benjamin Franklin

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Photo Credit: Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

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