John Singer Sargent Exhibit – Art  Institute of Chicago

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John Singer Sargent Exhibit – Art  Institute of Chicago

by Angela Rocco DeCarlo On recent visit "home" we went immediately to again visit The Art Institute of Chicago to see the John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age exhibit...and so should you. It is a world-class museum with the latest technology to make all welcome - including TacTiles and Touch Gallery for the visually impaired.  There was a John Singer Sargent exhibit in 1986, which I attended, and it was fabulous. The printed press kit was so beautiful I've kept it. So I was pleased to again be able to view Sargent's beautiful luminous paintings.  Additionally, visitors enjoy the Impressionist Gallery, which features well-recognized master paintings such as Renoir's "Two Sisters" (On the Terrace),  Seurat's "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" and other great images. I like this gallery better than the major Impressionist museums in Paris.  The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable glimpses into European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s. It is charming and should be seen with or without children. The Art Institute offers massive amounts of art from antiquity to modern genres. It is one of my  favorite places - at once enlightening as well as soothing.  The Sargent exhibit ends September 30th so there's still time to see it. Chicago Art Institute 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Ill 60603 phone 312-443-3600 Admission: Adults $25; Seniors$19; Child - age 13 & ...

Eternal Beauty, Eternal Rome: “Pompeii and the Roman Villa – Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples”

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Eternal Beauty, Eternal Rome:  “Pompeii and the Roman Villa – Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples”

By Angela Rocco DeCarlo, copyright 2009 The ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, has fascinated the world since excavations began in 1748 on this city buried  more than 1700 years ago. Victim of Mt. Vesuvius' cataclysmic volcanic eruption on August 24, 79 AD, it remains one of the world's most important travel destinations. Today, visitors can get a taste of the lost city of Pompeii at Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) exhibit, "Pompeii and the Roman Villa - Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples." The show runs from May 3 through October 4, 2009. It is testament to the voracious appetite ancient Romans had for all Greek culture and art. That single-mindedness resulted in priceless treasures being preserved for nearly two thousands of years. Fortunately, we know exactly what happened to the ill-fated people of ancient Pompeii thanks to the scholar, Pliny the Younger, who wrote a detailed eyewitness description of the sudden explosion, in 79 AD, of  Mount Vesuvius on the Bay of Naples, Italy. The powerful volcanic eruption, together with earthquakes and tsunamis, devastated the coastal area and the cities were covered under volcanic rock and nearly forgotten, until 1738 when the royal family of the region initiated ...

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