Food for the Soul: Animal Hunt at Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Kemeys. Lion at the front of Art Institute of Chicago, 1893. Bronze.
Photo: Nina Heyn

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout

Comprehensive and large-scope art museums tend to be those created in centuries past, such as the Louvre in the 18th century and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the “Met”) in the 19th century. Their function was to provide the inhabitants of big cities with collections that were educational, displaying fine art but also historical artifacts and, sometimes, stuffed exotic animals (think Smithsonian), collections of old weapons, medieval manuscripts, or early photography.

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