I told you I would bring something back for you, Susan, if you were good.
I picked out for you Portrait of a Noblewoman Dressed in Mourning, by Jacopo da Empoli, a compendium, and some wicked cool globes. They wouldn't let me leave the museum with them though. It's probably just as well, the painting is taller than your living room walls.
What I was really going to buy you, until I looked at the price tag, was a little Frida Kahlo...I was going to mail it to you with a box of straight pins. If it had been more reasonably priced it would have made an awesome gag gift, but alas...
One of the things that amazed me is how vibrant the ancient artifacts still are. To the left is a piece of pottery from the South coast of Peru, made sometime between 180 B.C. and A.D 500. It looks like it could have been made yesterday.
I didn't take a whole lot of pictures of the exhibits, there were just too many people in the way. I wasn't expecting the museum to be so crowded...I don't know why I had that expectation, perhaps because I never hear people talking about art and history. I did snap a couple of pictures in the Egyptian exhibit that are worth showing you.
(That's Bessie, looking at the Egyptian boat.)
Kathy collects paperweights, so we made a point of going downstairs to see the paperweight collection. The way they have them displayed is as neat as the paperweights themselves. (That's Kathy, in the picture to the right.)
It was dusk when we left the museum, so the pictures I took of the city on our walk back to Union Station (we took a train into the city from our hotel in Warrenville) didn't turn out very well. I converted this one to black and white, as it looked better that way. Again, that's Kathy and Bessie in the picture.
On the left are two that I was able to play around with the exposure level, etc., to make look pretty good in color. The one on the right I took earlier in the day, from the bridgeway on the top floor of the museum, where we had lunch.
I wanted to walk down the block to see the gargoyles (I think they were gargoyles) on the top of the brick building, but we didn't have time to lollygag or we would have missed our train.
As always, click on any of the pictures to see them full size in a new window.