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Masterpieces of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best cultural institutions in the United States. It is a space where you can see some of the masterpieces of art history. Will you join us to meet them?

The Art Institute of Chicago

As we said, it is one of the most important museums and art schools in the United States and, perhaps, in the world. It is located on Lake Michigan in Chicago. It was founded in 1879 and its first president was George Armour. It has, in addition to an impressive art collection, a library, a research center and an archive, among others.

The building it has occupied since 1893 was built for the World’s Columbian Exposition, with a Renaissance-style design by architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. This building has recently been extended by the architect Renzo Piano.

The Institute’s art collection

The collection of the Art Institute of Chicago is due, in large part, to donations from patrons of the city of Chicago. It is one of the best collections that exist in this country, on the same level as those of the Metropolitan Museum in New York or the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

It has paintings and drawings from practically all periods. Perhaps the most important, however, are his precious paintings from the Italian, Spanish and Flemish schools. Do you want to know what are the masterpieces kept by the Art Institute of Chicago? Well here they are.

Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago

Thousands could be the paintings that appear in this list of masterpieces, it is very difficult to choose the best ones. Although, if you visit this institution, there are some that you cannot miss. We briefly talk about them.

We start by mentioning the crucifixion of the spanish painter Francisco Zurbaran. He painted it in 1627 for the monastery of San Pablo el Real in the city of Seville. It is a painting that looks more like a monumental sculpture. In it, Zurbarán wanted to make a Christ on a dark background so that the luminosity of his naked body would stand out.

Equally, we recommend that you see The Assumption of the Virgin of the Greco. This oil was the protagonist of the altarpiece of the main altar of the church of the convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo. A work that this genius of painting made between 1577-79.

Over there, you will also find some of the iconic works of art history. The room by Vincent Van Gogh, made in 1889. And you can see a self portrait by the same author from 1887.

Also, You can’t miss the wonderful painting by Dalí either. The Invention of Monsters. It is a work made by the Spanish painter in 1937 that the Art Institute of Chicago acquired in 1945. After buying it, Dalí sent the institution a telegram in which he demonstrated all his genius:

“Your acquisition pleases and honors me. According to Nostradamus, the appearance of monsters heralds the outbreak of war. This canvas was painted in the Semmering Mountains near Vienna, a few months before the Anchluss and has a prophetic character.

The women-horses are equivalent to the maternal monsters of the shores. The flaming giraffe equates to the apocalyptic male cosmic monster. The cat angel is equivalent to the heterosexual divine monster. The hourglass is equivalent to the metaphysical monster. Gala and Dalí are equivalent to the sentimental monster. Only the blue puppy is not a real monster.

Yours sincerely Salvador Dali”

some more works

Another of the masterpieces is a beautiful painting by Renoir, The two sisters on the terrace. It is a work painted in 1881 in which the actress Mlle. Dartaud. She is accompanied by a little girl who poses as her sister, although she more appears to be her daughter.

in his museum also we can find works by PicassoWhat The Old Guitarist, from 1903-1904 and a reflection of his blue period. Or Diego Rivera, like the weaver, a beautiful painting that shows a typical scene of Mexico and that he made in 1930.

Also in its rooms one of the 250 works of Lily pads that Monet painted during the last years of his life. A collection that represents the pond that this French painter built on his Giverny estate where he settled with his family.

More contemporary are the works of Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein. From the first we can find a portrait of Maowhich he made in 1972. While Lichtenstein highlights his Alka seltzer or your Brushstroke with Spatter.

But in this institution there are not only paintings but, It has a large collection of sculptures and historical objects. Some of them, from Peru, such as the impressive Chimú ceremonial knife. It is a gold and turquoise Tumi dated between 1100 and 1470 AD There is also a Moche vessel in which a face is represented.

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