Gods and Heroes: Ancient Legends in Renaissance Art

Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art

Venue: The Cleveland Museum of Art

City: Cleveland

Ancient gods and goddesses, daring heroes, and magnificent rulers star in this exhibition of drawings and prints by Renaissance artists. Literally meaning rebirth, the term Renaissance describes a period of renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman knowledge, literature, and art in Europe during the 1400s and 1500s. As Renaissance artists endeavored to emulate and surpass renowned ancient masters, they studied antique sculpture and architecture, using them as models in the portrayal of the human body, classical myths, and historical events. Artists also adapted ancient legends to create moral and political allegories, and depicted Renaissance royalty in the guise of ancient rulers. The exhibition includes engravings of Raphael’s Apollo on Parnassus and Michelangelo’s Fall of Phaeton, a frieze of chiaroscuro woodcuts reproducing Andrea Mantegna’s Triumph of Caesar, and a group of prints dedicated to the ever-popular hero Hercules.

  • August 26, 2017 – December 31, 2017
  • Sat Nov 18 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 19 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 23 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Nov 25 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Nov 26 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Nov 28 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Nov 30 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 02 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 03 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 05 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 07 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 09 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 10 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 12 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 14 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 16 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 17 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 19 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 21 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 23 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 24 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 26 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 28 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 30 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 31 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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