Free Stories behind the Art Art Institute of Chicago website.
New Stories Just Added
Get closer than ever before to the artworks in the collection with these recently added interactive features. Full of the fascinating stories behind the art, they’re perfect for a quick break from work or to peruse whenever you have a few minutes, or hours, to spare. Get started with the five below, and explore them all on our website.
Free Stories behind the Art Art Institute of Chicago website HIGHLIGHTS
Explore the complex process behind this elaborate suit of armor, from importing materials from far away lands to the shaping of delicate patterns and details—and a whole lot of fire and pounding in between.
Discover the meaning and purpose of the many symbols on this Egyptian mummy mask, from depictions of gods and goddesses to an amulet shaped like a human heart.
Learn about the function and significance of one of the most striking art forms of the Zulu and other Nguni-speaking peoples in southeast Africa—wooden neckrests.
Take a closer look at these handcrafted serving dishes produced by an influential Chicago silversmith studio.
Uncover the mystery behind this fragment of an ancient portrait bust, and trace its journey all the way from Rome to Chicago.