August 05, 2010

Beautiful Buddhas at The Art Institute of Chicago

Earlier this week I had the good fortune to be able to visit The Art Institute of Chicago. While it was fantastic viewing some of the most famous American iconic paintings—like Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic—I was most impressed by some of the beautiful Buddha sculptures. I just didn't expect to find them there, I guess. It was a pleasant surprise.

Above is a picture of a 12th century granite Buddha from Tamil Nadu, India. Below is an 8th century Buddha from China. Enjoy!

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Carol Webster's picture

Okay... By left I mean right. It has been too long, but the basic impression remains.

Carol Webster's picture

Winston,
I last visited the art institute when all the war exhibits were in the main hallway and the buddha sculptures were in a wing to the left. I was impressed with the collection, but am now interested in viewing an update. You have inspired a return trip. (looking for a decent excuse).

SAIC alumnus's picture

I graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and these Buddha statues were always a great comfort to me when I was a student there. It's nice to see these familiar friends again.

Winston Delgado's picture

I live in Chicago and have a membership to the Art Institute. It has always been a special place for me but there have been many terrific improvements in the past several years. That hall you photographed formerly held medieval weapons and armor of all sorts; the space has been completely been transformed and is a beautiful place to contemplate these objects and their meaning. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here.

Louise lambert's picture

So Beautiful. Glad you were able to see them up close and personal.
Thank you .

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