This adorable image of a girl nervously lurking behind an oblivious boy takes inspiration from the superstition that women should only propose marriage on the occasion of a leap year.
As the story goes, in 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland enacted a law that decreed that a woman could propose to a man on February 29 and if denied, the man had to provide her with compensation. This does seem quite unlikely as there's no documentation and the Queen would have been only five years old at the time, but some people still consider it to be good luck to propose on leap year day. Regardless, carpe diem!
Image Credit: Anthony and Company. Taking Advantage of Leap Year, c 1850/1925. Gift of Harold Allen.
1 day 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1 day 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.