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Humanities - Chicago Art Institute - Museum

The public event relating to Western Humanities that I chose to attend was the Museum of the Chicago Art Institute. I spent most of my time there exploring the permanent collection of the museum. The Art Institute of Chicago, was founded in 1879. At first it was both a museum and school, and stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. It opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893. The collection of the museum now includes more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world, The museum had a very large collection of artworks from all different periods of time. Some of the pieces of art that I found interesting and fascinated me were: Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist, and the Reliquary Casket of Saints Adrian and Natalia.

Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist was a very interesting painting. The author of this painting is Antonio Allegri, also known as Correggio. This painting is from c. 1515. This painting includes the Virgin, Christ, and John. The painting shows a meeting between Jesus Christ and Saint John the Baptist while they were kids. Mary has the contrapposto pose. She encloses the children with her arms. Although there is no biblical account of a meeting between the infants Christ and John, scenes showing their encounter often appear in Renaissance and Baroque painting to foreshadow their relationship as adults.

The Reliquary Casket of Saint Andria and Natalia was an amazing piece of art. The casket shows the gruesome fate of Saint Adrian on three sides. Beginning with the short side on the left, Saint Adrian bravely declares his belief in Christianity. He is then brutally attacked and dismembered on both long sides, and on the last short side, Andrian's wife Natalia sails to Constantinople with his salvaged hand. This was a really amazing, and memorable, piece of art. I have never seen anything like it before and I will never forget it.

I really enjoyed my trip to the Chicago Art Institute. I was impressed by all the forms of art that the museum had on display. I never knew that so many things from so long ago were still around, at least here in the United States. It is actually quite interesting how pieces of history from all around the world end up in a museum so far from their place of origin. The reason why I chose to attend this public event over the other options that I had to choose from is simple: I always wanted to go to the museum and look at different forms of art and explore the historical aspects of the artworks and where they came from and I finally had a chance to go. I have been to a couple museums as a little kid, but I do not remember much. This was my first time as a young adult to a museum. When I came back from the museum, I told my parents about my trip and they were very interested in seeing the artworks themselves, which they did about a month later. They also liked the collections a lot and were impressed by everything they saw.

I would give this event a five star rating. It was a great opportunity to see lots of different art works all in one place. There are lots of knowledgeable guides who help visitors on their visits. Upon request, a tour of the museum can be set up. The museum has discounts for children under 12, students, and Seniors (65 and up), and free admissions on Thursdays, which make it even more attractive. Throughout the year, there are all kinds of different art exhibits that are not part of the museums permanent collection. I think that my time spent in the museum was well worth it. I saw many different types of art forms and got to admire their beauty in person. I would recommend the Chicago Art Institute Museum to anyone who likes humanities and is interested in the history of the world. As a matter of fact, I think that everyone in their lifetime should visit a museum. The museum provides lots of historical pieces that help understand certain ideas from the past.

In conclusion, the Chicago Art Institute is a great place to explore the world of Humanities. In my opinion, every student of Humanities should pay a visit to this or other museum sometime within their course to gain a better understanding of what they are learning. Going to the Chicago Art Institute is also a great way to spend some quality time with your family and at the same time learn about the earths historical people and artifacts.

Thank you mjaromin

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