There’s more twelfth-century stone in Chicago than you might suspect. But the best bit by far is a sculpted angel head from the monastery of Cluny, dated to around 1120, in the collection of the Smart Museum. It’s a tiny piece of what was once the most important religious institution in Europe. More importantly, it’s beautifully strange. Those eyes. That hair. That totally ambiguous mouth.
5550 S. Greenwood, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu
Best of Chicago 2016