Medieval times could get pretty scary. I mean, they weren’t called The Dark Ages for nothing. People didn’t know too much about how the world worked, so things that were strange and unknown to them usually became monsters.
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Medieval Monsters exhibit, July 7 – Oct. 6 (closed Mondays), explores the complex social role that monsters played in medieval society. The exhibit is broken into three parts:
- Terrors explores how monsters enhanced the aura of those in power, whether they were rulers, knights or saints.
- Aliens shows how marginalized groups in European society – like Jews, Muslims, women, the poor or disabled – were further alienated by being seen as monstrous.
- Wonders considers the strange beauties and frightful anomalies that populated the world, inspiring a sense of awe and marvel in viewers.
Get to the Cleveland Museum of Art ASAP to see this amazing new exhibit, the first of its kind in North America.
Where to Stay
There aren’t many neighborhoods in the country that pack as much art and culture into a few city blocks as University Circle. Rest assured, you can enjoy world-class accommodations that are a short walk or rideshare away from some of the best culture in the country. Click here to find a great place to stay.