Fun with the Art Institute of Chicago

1st century Ancient Romans held their personal belongings in cute containers

During the first century, what did the Ancient Romans use to hold their stuff? Answer: Very cute containers! The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection has this adorable 1st century Roman container for personal items: I love how this looks like a ceramic container someone would make in a basic ceramics class. Rough around the edges, …

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Idea: An artificial intelligence tool that lists artists most similar to your art

What if there was a tool that could tell you which artists in art history are most like your artwork? Upload 20 images of your artwork to this tool. Based on your art, a list of artists is generated most similar to your artwork. How would this work? The program would use machine learning to …

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16th century Switzerland textiles that look like bitmap art

It is my greatest desire that some video game midi music play in the background while this is displayed. Are there other examples of 16th century Switzerland textiles with bitmap art? I’m googling: Switzerland 16th century textile Google is not a very good search engine for finding 16th century Switzerland textiles. Is there a better …

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Art Institute’s Art Tab highlights from February 2020

Here are 28 of my favorite artworks displayed in February 2020 from the Art Tab Chrome extension. Every time you open a new browser tab, you get a different work of art from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection. Tribune Tower? The way #ArtTab crops this sketch, it looks like the place where I worked …

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Drawing as thinking

A couple weeks ago I started a project where on my lunch break, I go the Art Institute of Chicago, stand in front of an artwork, and sketch it. I set out with this project to help improve my drawing skills, but instead I’m discovering another curious result. Sketching art is making me think. Sketching …

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Welcome to the Asian art gallery

The third guardian lion at the Art Institute of Chicago

Another Guardian Lion‽ A pair of famous lions guard the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago. Inside the museum resides another guardian lion. This unknown distant cousin comes from Cambodia. It currently sits guard at the entrance to one of the busiest galleries. Literally at the entrance. Not off to the side, but right …

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Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art by Jason Polan

Sketch every artwork in a museum

Imagine drawing everything in the Museum of Modern Art. And then doing it again a second time. That’s what artist Jason Polan did. Unfortunately, Jason, a 37-year-old, passed away last week. Only last week did I discover his artwork (due to his passing). He’s an incredible guy. By drawing every artwork, he became very familiar …

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Portrait of Myself

Art Institute’s Art Tab highlights from January 2020

Imagine every time you open a new Chrome tab, you get a new work of art. The Art Institute of Chicago’s Google extension, Art Tab, places a random image from their giant collection into every new Chrome browser tab. Very much like Google Arts & Culture. Except, the Art Institute’s image doesn’t fill the entire …

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