The opportunity to see a great exhibit of El Greco and the slight chance of salving my bruised soul for not being in Rome – I was supposed to arrive there today, as I did one year ago – brings me to Chicago.
A typical sight.
A few of the interesting pieces from the exhibit, which ends soon.
Here is an icon of El Greco, painting Luke painting the Blessed Virgin. Damaged, yes, but still interesting. Signed.
The monumental Assumption meant for the Monastery of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo.
Here is the Trinity for that same construction. Now in the Prado.
A detail from one of the version of the famous episode. This one is an old friend from Minneapolis.
Quite a few pieces had copies in different sizes. This was one of the ways that he kept himself in groceries.
King Louis is from the Louvre.
An Annunciation. What a mind.
Another example of copies. From Chicago and the National Gallery.
A fascinating an rare sculpture by el Greco, wood and polychrome. It was well displayed amongst Crucifixions.
Back into the world with an El Greco sky over the Institute. The outside floral arrangements were incredible.
And directly across the street. Just recently there was the annual Route 66 Special Event for amateur radio operators. Fun.
Since I was suppose to be in Rome – supposed to arrive TODAY – we went to a Roman pizza place in the Fulton Market area. The other shop is in Rome. Terrific pizza.
But here in the Second City… frankly I think this was better than the Roman shop.
And on the way north, there were huge storms coming in. The Cubs game was scrubbed. St. Mary of the Angels against the clouds rolling in.
A fun day.