New on View

The museum continually acquires new works by gift or by purchase that expand the stories that we tell in our galleries.

Venus and Cupid

John Deare's Venus and Cupid (1789)

Gallery 127A

This newly acquired work, arguably the finest surviving drawing by Deare, is a highly finished study for a relief sculpture that is now lost. Deare's technique is characterized by strong line, minimal shading, a frieze-like arrangement of figures, and the application of finely hatched pen lines.

Helmet Mask (Lipiko)

Diteka's Helmet Mask (Lipiko), possibly early/mid-20th century

Gallery 137

This recent acquisition is a superb example of a well-known genre of helmet mask of the Makonde people. It is characterized by the realistic imitation of incised angular facial scarification marks, carved renderings of chipped teeth, and insertion of real human hair in asymmetrical patterns on the mask’s skull.

Hero Construction

Richard Hunt’s Hero Construction (1958)

Gallery 200A

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richard Hunt created Hero Construction out of found objects discovered in junkyards and on the street. The modest but impressive stance of the figure recalls both ancient statues and contemporary monuments.

Saint Jerome in Penitence

Master of the Lille Adoration's Saint Jerome in Penitence (1525/30)

Gallery 207

This depiction of Saint Jerome, hailing from the Flemish city and trade center of Antwerp, shows him as both a scholar and a penitent. The exaggerated angle of his head, the gesture of his open hand, the thin application of paint, and the nervous contours all belong to the Master of the Lille Adoration’s signature style.

Untitled (lungs)

Rodney McMillian’s Untitled (lungs) (2008–13)

Gallery 293

McMillian’s lungs combines painting and sculpture, organic and inorganic form, and enormity and delicacy to create these lush yet ominous objects. The inherent juxtaposition of the work manifests current political and social tensions through their insistent physicality.


Yoko Ono’s MENDED PETAL (2016)

Pritzker Garden

This sculpture represents the 13th petal from Yoko Ono’s installation SKYLANDING, a 12-petal lotus in Chicago’s Jackson Park that rises from the ashes of the Phoenix Pavilion. In contrast to the smooth petals of SKYLANDING, MENDED PETAL has visible seams of repair, symbolically commemorating the ground-healing ceremony held by the artist in June 2015 through which she prepared the site of the lost Phoenix Pavilion for her new work.

Statuette of a Horse

Statuette of a Horse (750/730 B.C.), Greece

Gallery 151

The Greek people’s worship of the Olympian deities included the ritual dedication of gifts (votives) at sacred sites. These offerings took a variety of forms, but statuettes of horses had special significance as symbols of affluence. This bronze sculpture is one of the finest such votive statuettes to survive from antiquity.

Sebastiano del Piombo’s Christ Carrying the Cross

Sebastiano del Piombo’s Christ Carrying the Cross (1515/1517)

Gallery 205

Sebastiano’s depiction of Christ carrying the cross has dramatic visual impact in the expressions of the figures, in the diagonals lines created by the cross, and the luminous background. This work is a significant addition to the museum’s holdings of central Italian paintings.

Altar set

Altar set (1644–1911), Qing dynasty, China

Gallery 134

The five vessels in this set would have been the focus of either Buddhist or Confucian spiritual ceremonies. Each vessel is painted with the Eight Buddhist Emblems over a lime green background—a color perhaps inspired by enameled metalwork introduced to China from Europe.

Dish with Floral and Fruit Sprays

Dish with Floral and Fruit Sprays (1488–1505), Ming dynasty, China

Gallery 134

Yellow and underglaze-blue dishes of this type are among the most treasured Ming dynasty porcelains in China; they are particularly rare, making this example, covered in traditional motifs, an exquisite acquisition for the Art Institute.

Gorham Manufacturing Company’s Tureen

Gorham Manufacturing Company’s Tureen (1883)

Gallery 175

Gorham was the first major American silver company to introduce Japanese-inspired designs to their product line, with this particular vessel featuring interpretations of Asian motifs, likely drawn from print sources: giant carp and a turtle thrash in violent waters, suggesting the movement of the sea.