Mr. MW has wanted to see this German sub since he read the book "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson. When we heard our group would be going to Chicago...well, it was his "to do" pick of the trip. Annie and I busied ourselves reading about this amazing vessel and it's journey to Chicago while Daddy toured the sub. He could not believe how small it was inside!
Housed at the The Museum of Science and Industry, this wing of the museum was actually built around the sub. It is a well executed exhibit....remarkable.
This is the Enigma code machine that was on the sub when captured by the American Navy during WWII. I was fascinated by this little machine because my father was a cryptographer for the NSA. I guess the intrigue that comes with secret codes is genetic! This was the real prize...not the sub...but they were determined to bring the sub back, and they did.
Thursday, we visited the Art Institute of Chicago...my pick of the trip. I was excited to get to see
American Gothic by Grant Woods...such an iconic American painting.
And this ten foot masterpiece...Sunday Afternoon...by Georges Seurat.
Dots of paint...that's how he painted this stunning work of art, with dots.
It is truly amazing!
But the painting that blew me away was "Two Sisters", by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
I knew this painting from books, but the colors, well, a book cannot capture the beautiful colors.
You can get very close to the art here...close enough to see the brush strokes and the blends.
I, literally, could not take my eyes off this masterpiece. I am a bit of an art nerd, and have been fortunate enough to see some amazing works...like Winged Victory and the Mona Lisa...but this beauty is the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen...and it lives right here, in America, in the city of Chicago.
I was also amazed by the Folk Art wing...wonderful! I'll take you there another day.
Enjoy the day,