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Chicago Area Museums: Recent Acquisitions…

Representatives from three top Chicago area museums recently shared with Art Media Agency details of their recent acquisitions. The historical and stylistic range demonstrates a continued high level of commitment to strengthening the permanent collections of the city’s vital art institutions. Founded in 1879, The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is one of the most important and visited art institutions in the world. Their permanent collection includes more than 300,000 objects and represents every historical period, nationality and culture. The newest addition to the museum came in 2009, with the creation of its Modern Wing, which enhanced the institution with 264,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities and features state-of-the-art green technology. The Art Institute of Chicago is supported through donations and admission fees, though special free admission times are frequent, and include free admission Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm year round to residents of the State of Illinois. The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired Christ Carrying the Cross, by the 16th Century Italian painter Sebastiano del Piombo. The painting was only recently rediscovered, and was brought to the attention of the AIC by London-based art gallery Colnaghi, who facilitated the transfer of the painting to the museum. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this rare and wonderful opportunity to bring such an important painting—our first by Sebastiano—into the Art Institute’s permanent collection,” said Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator and Chair of European Painting and Sculpture for the AIC. Sebastiano del Piombo is notable as one of the only major painters of the High Renaissance to combine the Venetian School’s focus on color with the Mannerist’s exaggeration of proportions. As a result his work was hailed for its ability to evoke a monumental, heroic elegance while still attaining the more...

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