Art Institute of Chicago

While on vacation in Chicago last week, I paid a brief visit to the Art Institute. Although I didn’t have much time to wander I did snap a few pics of some of the highlights and other things I found interesting. I hope to go back some day and spend far more time exploring the Windy City.


"It’s the challenge that’s the fun"

I didn’t have time to tour the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum during my last Washington, DC visit, but I will definitely make it a top priority next time. There are some really cool treatment videos from their various labs on the website, here is just one from the Paintings Lab.


Cà d’Zan

I haven’t been down to John Ringling’s Cà d’Zan Mansion on Sarasota Bay in ages, but I have always wanted to return ever since the six-year long restoration was completed and take photos of the beautiful mosaics and the Venetian Gothic architecture. I’ve always thought that the zodiac compass mosiac in the garden was particularly lovely. There is a fee to view the inside of the mansion and visit the Circus Museum, but the Art Museum portion of the Ringling complex is free on Mondays, and you can always walk the grounds of the estate at no charge.

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