Arranged in diamonds on the wall, the weights sit like droplets of water, permanently preserving real bees and faux flowers for eternity.If you're taking this trip too seriously, you can appreciate the work that goes into these pieces.But if you're just taking in the sights, this is a silly room with hundreds of seemingly everyday paperweights afixed to the wall.
A selection of the museum's holdings are represented in Artstor, with 200 prints, 470 drawings, over 130 works of sculpture, and 375 paintings.
Originally founded as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1879, the Art Institute officially opened on December 8, 1893.
The museum's holdings of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings were immeasurably enhanced by the bequest of 52 paintings from Bertha Honoré Palmer in 1924, as well as the 1925 gift of the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, which contained the famous -1884 (1884-86) by Georges Seurat.
During the depths of the Great Depression, the museum received the single most comprehensive gift of art in its history, the bequest of Martin A. This donation contained masterpieces ranging from American and European paintings dating to the 15th century to textiles, prints and drawings, Asian art, and European decorative arts.
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Net Price Calculator (NPC) If you are a first time student in college and planning to attend full time, please visit our Net Price Calculator to get an early approximation of your potential costs to attend The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago. (1868-1939) was a prominent Chicago businessman and political figure with a passion for collecting fine art and artifacts.The AIC isn't able to display all 1,500 items in the Harding arms and armour collection, of course, and ongoing construction of a new museum building has further squeezed the Harding exhibit.Three floors of art fill the walls of hallways and parlors, almost too much to take in if you don’t give yourself enough time to pass through the museum. Kim/Chicago Tribune) If you're planning on visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, be prepared for an all-day affair.Three floors of art history might sound snobby and stuck up — and at times it can be, but the museum has something for everyone.Our goal is to nurture and support life-long learning and the development of creative thought and practice in students of all ages.