October 21, 2017

Artemisia and the Art Institute of Chicago

The fantastic exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” just closed at the Art Institute of Chicago, but another notable art event is happening there from Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Thursday, January 9, 2014. The Uffizzi in Florence is lending us their famous painting “Judith Slaying Holofernes” by female artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Successful women painters were scarce in the 1600’s, but this work of art is astounding, regardless of gender. I saw the painting in Italy, but plan to see how the Art Institute showcases this Italian masterpiece.

If you want a general idea of who Artemisia Gentileschi was, check out the 1997 French/Italian/German film, “Artemisia,” done by director Agnes Merlet. The movie takes a lot of dramatic license, but it does allow you to place the artist on a historical timeline.

While you are there, check out the new and improved Member Lounge at the Art Institute. Located in the lower level next to the redone cafeteria, one can have a complimentary coffee or tea while perusing art books and catalogues. Espresso drinks and smoothies can also be ordered from a shared bar with the cafeteria. As another perk, members can lounge outside on a charming patio of the McKinlock Court for at least a little while longer.

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