Sunday, May 27, 2012
Taft Museum from Lytle Park
Plein Air, 12 x 16, Oil on Canvas
Across Pike Street from Lytle Park, in the East end of downtown Cincinnati's Central Business District, is the Taft Museum. Last of the city's first "great" homes, the rest having succumbed to the expanding city center. Built by Martin Baum in 1820, it is considered the best example of federal style architecture in the city.
The Taft houses a wonderful small art collection with "major works by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Ingres, Whistler, and Sargent, as well as the greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America." It also hosts smaller traveling exhibitions. The Taft is considered one of the "finest small art museums in America."