Art Meets Machine: #YouKnowGreatArtWhenYouSeeIt

by Kaitlyn Sharo


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Can you guess the artist or title of these iconic Cincinnati Art Museum works?

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Rubens

by Conservation


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The oil sketch is one of a few paintings in our collection that is framed in a special sealed-environment package.

Evenings for Educators Preview: Zoomorphic Tiles

by Melanie Greiner


Teacher resources , zoomorphic tiles , Evenings for Educators

Students explored the use of calligraphy and its many uses in the Islamic world in our unit on Zoomorphic Calligraphy.

Notes from Photography Storage: Three Japanese Ambrotypes

by Megan Beckerich


ambrotype , japanese photography , research , curatorial blog

Photography was first introduced to Japan in the 1840s, via the sole government-approved trading port in Nagasaki.

Louis Prang: Lithographer and Art Education Advocate

by Molly Donnermeyer


Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , Louis Prang , Lithographer

Louis Prang, sometimes referred to as “Father of the American Christmas Card,” was born in 1824 in Breslau, Prussian Silesia, present day Poland.

3 must-see fall exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum

by Joanna Kerman


Special Exhibitions , Gillian Wearing , The Fabric of India , Collecting Calligraphy

It may be hot outside, but fall is right around the corner!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Doll Transformation

by Conservation


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You may have seen a post about this doll a few weeks ago when her costume was undergoing treatment in the textile conservation lab.

Notes from Photography Storage: Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian

by Eric Hughett, Intern


Photography , Edward Sheriff Curtis , The North American Indian

The work of American photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) pervades American culture.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Conservation-on-View Retablo returns!

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A few weeks ago our paintings conservator teamed with our expert Installation Department to return Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter” to its gallery after conservation.

CAM Visitor Appreciation Week

by Digital Content Team


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As a THANK YOU to the Cincinnati community for your tremendous support this season, the Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting Visitor Appreciation Week (August 25-31).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Collecting Calligraphy

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This page from a Qur’an was written in the 13th century in Spain.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Miniature Textile Conservation

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A visit to the workbench in textile conservation today might feel a little like visiting a fashion studio--in miniature.

Out from storage: Sheila Hicks’ Untitled Tapestry

by Adam MacPharlain, Curatorial Assistant of Fashion Arts and Textiles


Sheila Hicks , Tapestry , textiles , curatorial

Here at the Cincinnati Art Museum we recently reinstalled our Nancy and David Wolf Gallery, which showcases contemporary decorative arts.

Animals Illustrated

by Molly Donnermeyer


Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , animals , illustrations

From early on in our evolution we have been drawn to these living things that exist alongside us. From the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux to the modernist illustrations of Charley Harper.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nabataean Shrine

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Our objects conservator has been working with Andy Wolf, an intern from NYU’s graduate training program.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Which solvents are best?

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Our paintings conservator has been examining this little painting by John. H. Twachtman.

Staff Picks: Erin Geideman's CAM Favorites

by Erin Geideman


cincinnati art museum staff , inside look , CAM favorites

This blog series highlights the diverse personalities that make up the art museum’s staff.

Voyages Extraordinaires: The Scientific Romance of Jules Verne

by Molly Donnermeyer


Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , Jules Verne , Science Fiction

The French novelist and playwright Jules Verne, the “Father of Science Fiction,” created an elaborate series of adventure novels that became known as Voyages Extraordinaires, which translates literally to Extraordinary Voyages.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Qur’an Paper Repair

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ur paper conservator is spending the summer looking very closely at intriguing documents that will soon be on view in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Out from storage: French portraits

by Peter Jonathan Bell, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings


French Portraits , European Paintings , Curatorial Blog

About a month ago the Cincinnati Art Museum welcomed two new faces into our nineteenth-century European galleries – a girl with a song book in her lap and young man in uniform.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mounting Unusual Objects in the Museum

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Take a peek behind the scenes—or under the rug, in this case!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Train X-ray

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A few weeks ago when we had our GE digital x-ray demo running in the Conservation department, our objects conservator brought in the spectacular Railway Engine Coffeemaker for imaging.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Interpreting x-rays, conservation-style

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Here’s a detail of one of the paintings from Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter.” At left is the same detail in normal light, after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Lending a hand to a museum in need

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While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.

Terracotta Army Blog: Chariot no. 1

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art


Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China , Chariot , Terracotta Warriors , Curatorial

In October 2015, when I first visited Xian and the First Emperor’s mausoleum, the two bronze Chariots and horses were among the objects that fascinated me the most.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dr. Dollworth gets an x-ray

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Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT.

The Illustrations of George Barbier

by Molly Donnermeyer


George Barbier , Art Deco , Art Nouveau , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

Following World War I the style known as Art Deco rose in popularity. Originating in France, Art Deco was a response to the style known as Art Nouveau, which was characterized by its organic and curvilinear lines.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: No pun intended!

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There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.

New Acquisition: When Past and Present Collide

by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design


Rookwood Pottery Company , New Acquisition , Murals , Fireplace

Among the beloved early-twentieth-century Rookwood murals, fireplace and fountain in The Procter & Gamble Gallery (G126), you’ll now find a striking new addition: The Living Room Fireplace.