Many people are familiar with the above scene in the movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  How familiar are you with the art and setting in the scene though.  These are a few of the many pieces of art at the scene's location, The Art Institute of Chicago.  

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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This painting, by Georges Seurat, the character Cameron fixates upon in the movie as he sees himself in the little girl in white in the center of the painting.  The camera descends on the girls face until all that is discernible is different colors of paint on the canvas.  An interesting view of the painting as the picture was created using pointillism, small dots of paint in colors to create objects for the viewer's eye.  If the viewer looks too closely there is only the paint.  A modern update of the style might be the photographic mosaic, except with the photo mosaic, the closer one looks the more to see.



Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, is a fascinating painting from 1942.[5310]  The picture is shown in the movie without context, the director obviously loved it.  (I wish my photo of it was better)  It has amazing lighting and shadows which can't always be seen in reproductions.  One could also write a dozen stories about the subjects in the painting.

Paris Street; Rainy Day

Paris Street; Rainy Day(115224)
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The above painting is hard to discern in Ferris Bueller's tour of the museum.  It is actually hanging in the very first room in the scene.  There are many other focal points in the movie's shot and it is an easy one to miss.  But Gustave Caillebotte's painting above is captivating in its realism when seen up close.  It is as if the viewer were transported to Paris, the rain is so palpable that one feels odd without an umbrella.  The artist's interest in photography is evident in the painting, according to Wikipedia.[5308] So well rendered is the scene in the painting, one could easily mistake this for a tourist's snapshot.

You can see a list of every painting in the scene in the movie on Wikipedia.