Housed in the original neoclassical building of Georgian marble, albeit greatly expanded and modernized, the Cleveland Museum of Art holds one of the country's world-class collections, including objects from virtually every place and time in the history of art, from antiquity to contemporary, in all media.
The two greatest cores of strength among the American art holdings are Hudson River School landscapes, and rugged realist paintings from Winslow Homer through the Ashcan School to Edward Hopper; also included are approximately 100 works by Cleveland artists. In addition, the museum houses a choice collection of American decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs, and textiles.
The Egyptian collection is internationally recognized for the number of masterpieces and overall high aesthetic quality relative to its small size. Also, an extensive Asian collection, and about 250 works of African art, focusing on masks and figures from West and Central Africa, mostly carved in wood.
Illuminated manuscripts explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages