If you're passing through Cincinnati, don't miss the chance to explore this fine old museum, where the art of visitor friendliness illuminates every gallery. You enter through an eclectic display of the museum's greatest treasures, which range from a splendid Gainsborough portrait to an African sculpture of the sort that inspired Picasso. Icons give you the option to discover esthetically or thematically related works as you tour the collection (we didn't have time to do this, but what a thoughtful idea). The explanatory panels in the galleries are down-to-earth but never condescending. This museum's Monet and Matisse may not rank with the world's finest, but you'll make discoveries there whether you know you love art or are still on the fence. My own discoveries include Grant Wood's inspired satirical painting of Daughters of the American Revolution and the expressive portraits of Frank Duveneck, a Kentucky-born artist new to me. Highlights:Duveneck's arresting portrait of his wife, who died soon after their marriage, and the tomb ornament he created for her as a first-time sculptor. You'll be touched by their story.
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