I have added The Art Institute of Chicago to my museum list!
Well, some of it, anyway, because that place is HUGE!! I was floored by the size of the place. Theodore, on the other hand, was profoundly dismayed. He was a reluctant visitor to begin with, and upon seeing the size of the museum, he apparently felt exhausted before we even began. I am sure rising so early for a 6 am flight to Chicago had nothing to do with it.
For the sake of family peace, I limited myself to one wing of one floor of the three-floor museum (for the most part). Monet was heavily represented among the Impressionists, and his standing as a genius was reinforced for me. Amazing.
Van Gogh has long been one of my favorite artists, and there is just no substitute for seeing his work up close and in person. And you can get VERY close in this museum! The depth and texture and layers of paint. I can’t see one of his original works without wanting to go home and get out my acrylics.
Theo’s favorite was the arms and armor exhibit. (Of course, since he is a 12-year-old boy.) Stoney was pretty impressed with the level of technology in these old suits.
This portrait of Christ crucified, by de Zurbaran, was phenomenally compelling. I just sat and contemplated it for some time. It doesn’t grab you in a photograph the way it does in person, and was apparently originally hung in a dark alcove above an altar, so that the glow of the Christ seemed the only source of light. I could well imagine it. And it is a huge canvas, more than life sized.
I loved this visit. I would love to see the rest of the museum some day. And I would love to satisfy just myself and take my time gazing at favorite pieces. But this was a much-appreciated introduction to an extraordinary collection of art!