Many years ago, I visited the Art Institute in Chicago and for some reason, the fact that this painting is in residence there had slipped my mind. I came around a corner and there it was! It’s a good thing there happened to be a bench right in front of it, because its power literally knocked me off my feet. I still get a shiver just thinking about it.
I’m obviously missing something, because the only way that picture could knock me down would be if it fell off the wall as I was walking by it.
Anne, once again, is right. The question on the table is why? (5xmom is right too. At least this one does look like a person.
Here’s why: It was stolen for the private collection of someone. This happens with great frequency– in fact, many of the “discoveries” of art pieces that we hear of come from the estates of people who have collected them merely for the joy of collecting art. Yes, joy. These are discerning people who have made study of certain periods of art and crave examples of that art. They collect it somply because they know something about the period and the artist, and solitary enjoyment gives them a thrill. And they have money to support their habits. Argh!