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Renaissance Women on Top

Renaissance Women on Top

Snug in gallery 207A, just around the corner from the posturing dandies of Landsknechte: Foot Soldiers of Fashion, women are also behaving badly. In Renaissance terms, at least. One flirtatious noblewoman from Albrecht Dürer’s Lady on Horseback and Landsknecht engraving in 204A looms far above her infantry prey. Her firm grip […]

Work of the Week: Marsden Hartley

Work of the Week: Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine in 1877 and although he lived there during his childhood, for the majority of his adult life he resided everywhere from Germany to France to Bermuda to the American Southwest. But for the last six years of his life, he returned to his […]

Artapalooza

Artapalooza

The 25th Lollapalooza kicks off right next door to the Art Institute in a week and in honor of this special anniversary, we’ve got a special Artapalooza. Match these artworks from the Art Institute’s collection with the band from Lollapalooza’s line-up that you think they represent. Anyone who correctly guesses all eight […]

The Olympics Across the Collection

The Olympics Across the Collection

The Olympics are upon us and once again, we’ve been swept up by the excitement of the games. Will Simone Biles win her first gold medal? Will Michael Phelps win his last? Will Bob Costas be sidelined by another debilitating eye infection? All of that remains to be seen, but […]

Vanishing Beauty Comes to Life

Vanishing Beauty Comes to Life

Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection presents more than 300 exquisitely crafted items of personal jewelry and ritual objects from some of Asia’s most remote regions. This exhibition represents a promised gift from Barbara and David Kipper and reflects their passion for collecting, […]

A View from Below, Part Six

A View from Below, Part Six

For the sixth year in a row, intrepid art explorer Sophie took time out of her busy summer to tour with me through the galleries. We took a walk through America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s and as we were headed in, I asked Sophie what she knew […]

A Journey through the Museum

A Journey through the Museum

Sometimes the Art Institute can be a bit overwhelming. And that makes sense—with 1,000,000 square feet of space and over 5,000 works on view at any given time, you might not know where to start. Which is where our new digital interactive JourneyMaker comes in. JourneyMaker allows you and your […]

Copycats!

Copycats!

Artists in 19th-century Paris went crazy for big cats. Lion Hunters: Copying Delacroix’s Big Cats celebrates the obsessive pursuit of the most lifelike representations of these fierce felines. The image above from the magazine L’Illustration in 1902 suggests just how widespread this enthusiasm was among Parisian artists of every caliber. In fact, the […]

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

Today marks the centennial of the National Park Service. 100 years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the act that created the agency. And throughout the last century—and even further back—it’s probably no surprise that artists have continued to be inspired by the majestic peaks, deep canyons, breathtaking […]

From URL to IRL: Robby Sexton

From URL to IRL: Robby Sexton

It’s Robby Sexton’s first public gallery talk at the museum and you would never know that he’s nervous, but he’s been anxiously preparing for this talk for some time now. He’s giving a social media highlights tour and it’s the first the museum’s ever done, so it could cover any […]