Experience Poland without Ever Leaving Chicago
Vitello, Barbara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Barbara Vitello Daily Herald Staff Writer
With the Art Institute of Chicago's magnificent exhibit, "Land of the Winged Horseman: Art in Poland, 1572-1764" concluding this weekend, we thought now would be as good a time as any to soak up Polish art and culture. Fortunately, we can do so without leaving the city limits.
"Land of the Winged Horsemen" marks the first major display in the United States of the fine and decorative arts from the Polish Baroque period (16th-18th centuries), when Poland, united in a republic with Lithuania, was the largest nation in Europe. Drawn from museums and castles throughout Poland, the collection includes 150 pieces representing the monarchy, Polish nobility, the military and religious life. Among the highlights are the dazzling coronation crown of Augustus III, the painting of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, elaborate chalices and menorahs, grand armor and equestrian accouterments.
The Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and holidays; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 and Tuesdays are free. For information, see the museum's Web site at www.artic.edu or call (312) 443-3600.
Also worth a visit is the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. …