WHAT: "Nature Sublime: Landscapes From the Nineteenth Century," at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
WHEN: Today through Nov. 14.
WHY GO: Showcasing more than 120 works by 19th-century artists, "Nature Sublime" explores how each of the century's major movements -- romanticism, realism, impressionism, etc. -- tackled the natural world. The works include drawings, prints, pastels, watercolors and other media by such luminaries as Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Edvard Munch.
DON'T MISS . . . William Blake's "The Pastorals of Virgil, Eclogue I: The Blasted Tree," a somber, pocket-size woodcut in which nature takes on an otherworldly feel. And in the monotype "Esterel Village," Degas forgoes representing the landscape directly, offering instead a gauzy outdoor scene in which color triumphs over form.
EXTRAS: Museum staff will offer free gallery talks on Sept. 1, Sept. 22 and Oct. 17. Also, a series of free lectures, given by university professors in the museum's Recital Hall, will discuss 19th-century landscape art; talks include "Landscapes at Home and Abroad: Vernacular and Classical Visions" (Oct. 8). Or grab a pad and create your own artwork at the nearby Cleveland Botanical Garden (11030 East Boulevard, 888-853-7091; $7).
PACKAGES: Though not tied to the exhibit, two packages offered by hotels in the same neighborhood (University Circle) may be useful. The InterContinental Hotel (9801 Carnegie Ave., 216-707-4100, www.cleveland.interconti.com) has a "University Circle African Adventure" deal ($184) through Sept. 1. It includes Friday or Saturday night's lodging for two, breakfast and two tickets to four attractions, including the art museum. The Glidden House Inn (1901 Ford Dr., 800-759-8358, www.gliddenhouse.com) has a similar "Tour de Circle" package ($149), with one night's lodging for two, breakfast and admission to the same venues.
INFO: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard., 888-CMA-0033, www.clevelandart.org.
-- Seth Sherwood