Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art is an art museum located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. CMA is free on Sundays.

Christian Bruce, Countess of Devonshire , Anthony van Dyck, 1635, oil on canvas (photo by me)

Christian Bruce, Countess of Devonshire , Anthony van Dyck, 1635, oil on canvas (photo by me)


View of Bennecourt by Claude Monet, 1887. Oil on canvas (photo by me)


The collection includes works by:

  • Picasso
  • Juan Gris
  • Cézanne
  • Boucher
  • Ingres
  • Degas
  • Matisse
  • Monet
  • Edward Hopper
  • Norman Rockwell

And photography by :

  • Berenice Abbott
  • Eugène Atget

CMA also has temporary exhibits and traveling shows.

On Sunday, August 19, 2012 – I went to the Columbus Museum of Art to see:  The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951

From ( The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951) :

Change the world – one photograph at a time. Guided by a belief in the transformative power of photography, the Photo League took to the streets in the 1930s and 1940s to record the effects of poverty, war, racial inequality, and social injustice. Artists in the Photo League were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life. Their focus centered on New York City and its vibrant streets – a shoeshine boy, a brass band on a bustling corner, a crowded beach at Coney Island. Many of the images are beautiful, yet harbor strong social commentary on issues of class, race, and opportunity. The Radical Camera exhibition explores the fascinating blend of aesthetics and social activism at the heart of the Photo League

They didn’t allow photography in the exhibit but I did buy a post card book of the photos there:

After the exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Radical Camera exhibition go to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA (November 15, 2012 – February 24, 2013); and Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (March 16 – June 16, 2013).

From ( Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel ) :

Explore the artistry of Ancient Rome at Columbus Museum of Art with this ancient Roman mosaic. More than 300 square feet large and 1,700 years old, this stunning mosaic is one of the world’s largest and best preserved. Discovered in 1996 in Lod, Israel, the mosaic is unique in its depiction of exotic animals and ancient sailing ships. Study the mosaic’s glorious details and uncover the stories hidden in its imagery. On view for a limited time only at the Columbus Museum of Museum of Art, one of only five US museums (including the Met and the Field museums) to display this Roman treasure. After its US tour the Lod Mosaic will return to its permanent home in Israel.


Close up of the Marvelous Menagerie


Marvelous Menagerie