The Art Institute of Chicago is not only a museum, but it’s also a school. Occasionally visitors will see students painting replicas of some of the masterpieces on display at the museum. Here are some photographs I took a few years ago, which I recently found in my endless photo archive.
Botticelli’sMystical Nativity was hidden for many centuries. Once found, it earned its name from both the unusual Nativity symbolism and Greek inscription at the top.
Boticelli believed he was living through the Tribulation, which is clear in the mysterious inscription:
This picture, at the end of the year 1500, in the troubles of Italy, I Alessandro, in the half-time after the time, painted, according to the eleventh chapter of Saint John, in the second woe of the Apocalypse, during the release of the devil
for three-and-a-half years; then he shall be bound in the twelfth chapter and we shall see [him buried] as in this picture.