It sounds wacky, but some people are convinced. On the last day of installing an art exhibit called Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, people in the Cleveland Museum of Art reported seeing a man walking around the space who looked uncannily like Monet himself, and even got a photograph of the man.
The photo shows a person with a long white beard and a hat similar to the kind Monet was known to wear, standing just a floor above a large picture of—well, himself. “This snapshot taken by a staff member is not retouched or Photoshopped. And we have heard from others that they’ve seen the man, but there hasn’t been a confirmation in his identification!” says Kelley Notaro, the museum’s communications associate.
“This is the first exhibition leading into our centennial year so we are excited to start it off with something as cool as capturing a photo of this Monet look-a-like standing directly above an actual photo of the artist himself,” she added.
The museum has experienced other exciting events of this nature in the past. Allegedly the ghosts of William Matthewson Milliken, the museum’s former director, was seen around the museum; Milliken died in 1978. And the figure depicted the Jacques Andre Joseph painting Portrait of Jean-Gabriel du Theil at the Signing of the Treaty of Vienna has also been spotted.
Other eerie events include many reports of flashlights going dark as watchmen entered the museum, which would turn on again once the watchmen went on their way. Workers’ hardhat lights would go out, too.
It’s kind of Monet to check up on his own museum exhibit, especially so close to Halloween. Perhaps he is just basking in the endurance of his works, or perhaps there is just a mildly-confused and bearded art-viewer wandering the streets of Cleveland, embroiled in a significant identity crisis.