Mr. Zen and I just got back from a quick trip to Chicago for a couple of days. Despite the hair raising traffic, we managed to visit the Chicago Art Institute. What a glorious place! We didn't have near enough time to get through it all but wow, so much art to look at.
I was particularly interested in going because of the Art Walk Sock Yarn Club which is premised on creating colourways inspired by art masterpieces. Seeing these masterpieces in person definitely lends a certain amount of appreciation for the amazing work these artists do.
And here's a few photos I managed to snap while visiting. Feel free to click them to make them a bit larger.
I love the feel of this shot - not only for how it shows how large the painting is but also because of how I captured an onlooker gazing at the painting - it's pretty much how I felt looking at all this gorgeous work too!
Caravaggio was the special exhibit artist and his work was, well, amazing of course! Look at the sheer size of those paintings on the wall. I'd like to know how he painted such exquisiteness so large! Wow, just wow.
I snapped this photo as we were leaving Chicago - love the architecture of the buildings - not only are there a lot of very tall buildings but the structure of them all is rather unique. As you can see, it was a rather chilly day with snow!
These are just a few highlight photos from the trip and if you care to see the entire 19 photos, click here to visit the Flickr slideshow. If you haven't been to the Art Institute before, I definitely recommend it! I would go back without question - it was well worth the 1.5 hour drive to get back to our hotel through traffic volume that is worse than Toronto.