Pull up a throne fit for king or queen on CTA's Red Line

The CTA’s Red Line certainly would never be confused with a queen’s carriage. But you might be able to sit on a replica of her throne in certain Red Line cars in the next few weeks.

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The Art Institute of Chicago want to give CTA commuters a taste of royalty while promoting its latest exhibition, “Kings, Queens and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France.”

Of course, the ‘Tute has to put a 21st century twist on it by encouraging riders to post photos of their momentary royalty on its Facebook page. One lucky Facebook photo poster will win a more upscale royal treatment at the museum, including a private tour of the Art Institute, a hardcover Kings, Queens and Courtiers catalogue and an overnight stay for two at the Palmer House Hilton.

And for the true art lovers among us (this means you, Martha, among others), follow @CourtierRobert on Twitter. With Monsieur Robert’s tweets, the antiquated (yet sometimes scandalous) 15th century collides with modern times as he shares humorous insights from the point of view of a Renaissance courtier with a penchant for pop culture.

The Art Institute of Chicago’s “Kings, Queens and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France” exhibition showcases a turbulent, fascinating period in French art, and will run through May 30.

I haven’t had a chance to see the exhibit, but my wife the artist says it is a “must-see.” It contains a Leonardo da Vinci. Awesome.

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  • If they are going to have a throne, it should have a handle.

    Also Newsweek says that they should throw in Pippa Middleton.

  • The lovely Mrs. Tattler is correct. The show is spectacular. Why the AIC chose the Red Line, where too many already use it as a "throne" is a tad baffling. I know they were going for maximum ridership, but that is a liability as well as a benefit. I thought they should have wrapped trains and buses in Munch's "The Scream" to publicize that show a few years ago. It would have worked on a lot of levels.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    I'd love to see the Munch trains, even now.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    I'd pay extra to ride the Magritte train. But I'd avoid the Dali.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Sometimes the CTA already feels like melting clocks and trains coming out of the fireplace.

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