The Toledo Museum of Art is where my love of art started. My mom took me to art classes here as a young person every Saturday during the school year.
This past week I had the opportunity to spend the day touring the museum. It was nice to go by myself and go at my own pace…looking at the pieces more closely than I had before.
The museum, located in Toledo, Ohio (aka The Glass City) was founded in 1901 by Edward Drummond Libbey, the Libbey Glass industrialist. See OBSESSION CONFESSION: VINTAGE ART GLASS for more informaton.
The museum has nearly 40 separate galleries with the Great Gallery being the largest. The newly renovated Ancient art gallery is opening this weekend and they will be expanding their contemporary collection. A Manet traveling exhibit starts in October before going to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the final exhibit.
The museum’s collection consists of paintings from all periods and includes great painters such as Monet, Degas, Matisse, Gaugin, van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko to name a few. The Cloister Gallery stone is from a ruined monastery and houses the medieval collection of paintings, textiles and stained glass. An additional building across the street is the Glass Pavillion where a vast collection of glassworks and a working glass blowing facility exists. Sculpture gardens surround the museum complex. The Peristyle Theater hosts concerts and plays.
The Toledo Museum of Art has quite an impressive collection and the buildings are equally grand.
Admission is free. Non flash photography allowed.
Here are a few photos I took…