Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=182352
Story Retrieval Date: 5/21/2013 6:09:00 AM CST
Liz M. Kobak/MEDILL
Before the Art Institute of Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Isabella Association, an alliance of Chicago-based suffragists, commissioned an American female sculptor to render a bronze monument to Queen Isabella of Spain, the primary sponsor of Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the Americas. But the Art Institute’s president declined further sponsorship of the bronze sculpture and excluded it from the Exposition.
Wait a second.
Some may say if Queen Isabella had not funded Columbus’ voyage to the Americas, would there have been a Columbian Exposition in the first place?