Monday, May 16, 2011

Kings, Queens, and Courtiers

We visited one of our favorite Chicago Museums today. One can never spend too much time at The Art Institute of Chicago. It was a beautiful day~
We went today to catch the special exhibit Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France. It was really interesting, and tied in perfectly with our history studies. What was really helpful was the catalog of the exhibit they had displayed before you entered the galleries. The boys enjoyed looking closely, and for as long as they liked, at each piece. Sadly, no photographs were allowed inside the exhibit~
Oh yes, she is the queen~
We also checked out another special exhibit "Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life". We are continually amazed at all the beautiful objects that have been preserved. What a blessing to be able to see them hundreds, if not thousands, of years later! We stumbled upon The Ayala Altarpiece (1396). It was stunning~
And this Spanish crucifix from the 13th century also caught our eyes~
Every time we visit one Chicago's world-renowned museums, I am so grateful. What a privilege!

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