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While widely celebrated for its holdings of French Impressionist paintings, the Art Institute of Chicago also developed an important collection of works by the Old Masters—leading European artists of the 15th through 18th centuries—very early in its history. This issue of Museum Studies explores our curators’ continued passion for the Old Masters by focusing on a series of splendid recent acquisitions that have added to the breadth and depth of the museum’s holdings and by highlighting new discoveries about objects that have been in the Art Institute for many years.
Curator and guest editor Larry J. Feinberg offers a brief introductory essay on the history of the museum’s Old Master collection, followed by five articles that present new scholarship on a fascinating range of works. Written by a team of Art Institute curators and scholars, these include a recently rediscovered Nativity by Fra Bartolommeo; a late-15th-century Hispano-Flemish sculpture of Saint Michael and the Devil; a pair of early 18th-century tapestries designed by the French artist Charles Le Brun; and a stunning group of works by Charles-Antoine Coypel, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, and Maurice Quentin de La Tour, the preeminent pastelists of 18th-century France. Beautifully illustrated, elegantly designed, and accessibly written, this issue, like the objects it showcases, will intrigue all those interested in the Art Institute and the treasures it contains.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments and Introduction Larry J. Feinberg A Brief History of the Old Masters in the Art Institute of Chicago Larry J. Feinberg “War in Heaven”: Saint Michael and the Devil Bruce Boucher Fra Bartolommeo’s Nativity: A Rediscovered High Renaissance Masterpiece Nicholas Turner Autumn and Winter: Two Gobelins Tapestries after Charles Le Brun Christa C. Mayer Thurman and Koenraad Brosens “A Finess of the Crayon”: Eighteenth-Century French Portraits in Pastel Suzanne Folds McCullagh Notes
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2006 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; 102 illustrations Softcover ISBN 0-300-11951-8
15 hours 17 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
17 hours 10 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory