This morning took me to the Chicago Art Institute. I was especially keep to see some Impressionists, but I started in chronological order in European paintings.
This is interesting. Here is something by Matteo di Giovanni (+1495), part of a series depicting the Dream of St. Jerome (1476).
You might recall that St. Jerome recounts a bad dream that he had. In this dream he himself before the Lord and Judge. Angels were scourging him, saying: “You aren’t a Christian, you’re a Ciceronian!!” He finds fault with ecclesiastics who find too keen a pleasure in the reading of Virgil (ep 25).
Moving on, here is an enclosed garden with the Virgin and various saints. I like the birds.
This is from southern Germany from around 1505/15.
A fine robbin and jay.
And who is this that is so close the the Virgin’s head? It looks like our old pal the Christological Goldfinch!
A painting of a reading cleric by Martinus Rørbye (+1848). In the upper right you see the artist added “Subicaco” as being the place where it was painted.
Speaking of clerics, we then went to have lunch. Manny’s on the south side.
I was much consoled, since where I live there is a plentiful lack of good Chinese and good deli. The pastrami wasn’t up to the standard of Pastrami Queen in Manhattan, but it was good.
You know you are in Chicago when there is a table for David Axelrod in the place.