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Comprises: the North part, the Downtown middle, South Loop, close to South facet, South facet, and to elements extra outdoors town.

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Two of the quirkiest – and most renowned – collections are the Arthur Rubloff Paperweight Collection and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. The museum’s holdings of more than 1,000 French, English, and American glass paperweights, popular in the mid-19th century, are one of the largest in the world. 5 cm) to 1 foot (30 cm). The intricate European and American furnished interiors, ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries, are made with extraordinary technical precision. The Londonderry Vase (1813), inspired by Roman imperial art 20TH-CENTURY ART The museum’s trove of more than 1,500 20th-century and contemporary paintings and sculptures provides a comprehensive and provocative survey of the development of modern art.

The Artist’s Snack Shop on the ground floor of the Fine Arts Building C H I C A G O 46 A R E A B Y The Art Institute of Chicago A R E A 9 The extensive collections at the Art Institute of Chicago represent nearly 5,000 years of human creativity through paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs, Frieze on the west façade cultural objects, and decorative artifacts from around the world. The museum was founded by civic leaders and art collectors in 1879 as the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, changing its name to The Art Institute of Chicago in 1882.

The American collection includes an excellent selection of Arts and Crafts furniture, including a beautiful oak library table (1896) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (see p30). The fine European and American textile collection spans 15 centuries and Remarkable works of late medieval and Renaissance metal-craft are showcased in the George F. Harding Collection. One of the finest such collections in North America, it consists of 3,000 pieces of arms and armor. These include finely etched helmets, chain mail, equestrian equipment, historic weaponry, and decorated breastplates.

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