Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our Lady of Grace

Just discovered
this wonderful piece
this exhibition
at the Art Institute of Chicago

As usual,
was not allowed

But happily,
this piece
is a celebrity
all over
the internet

Made around 1470
in Languedoc

Though what's missing
is a head-on shot
of the infant Jesus.

He is as delightful
as his mother.

What is especially wonderful
about Christian Madonnas
(as compared with, say, Chinese Quan Yin)
is that each one seems to have
a distinct personality.

Here's some
more sculpture from the Musee Des Augustins, Toulouse


Blogger Richard said...

I loved this piece when I saw the show last week and was also frustrated that I could not get a photo of it. So thanks for finding these images.

February 28, 2011  
Blogger chris miller said...

Thanks for your comment, Richard.

And, of course, I share your frustration.

When you really like to look at something, you want a picture of it. (and the small plates in the catalog are quite insufficient)

Why doesn't every public museum allow photography of everything in their galleries?

There might be copyright issues with the work of living or recent artists -- but otherwise -- why doesn't the fulfillment of their educational mission trump whatever profit these institutions might lose from licensing?

As you might noticed, the AIC has not been allowing photography in special exhibits even when the works come exclusively from its own permanent collection. (like the Marin show now running, or the tapestry show that ran two years ago)

February 28, 2011  

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