A while ago I did a list of works I’d include on a literary tour of the Art Institute. Well, I know I missed a bunch, but there’s one major omission I noticed this weekend – a great painting of Elaine, from Tennyson’s Idylls of the King. There are a lot of different variations on this theme, but few better than the one at AIC. Didn’t get the name of the artist, unfortunately. It’s downstairs in the American section.
If you get there before September 25, you can also see Velasquez’s Aesop, on temporary loan from the Prado. That’s for all those who say my literary tastes are too conservative.