"White Crucifixion," Mark Chagall. 1938. (Sharon Mollerus / Flickr)

The famous painting had been on loan to Florence's Palazzo Strozzi since September. In November, the painting moved briefly to the Vatican for a visit with Pope Francis, who had declared it to be one of his favorites. 

The Art Institute's Head Curator of Contemporary Art James Rondeau will officially take over as president of the institution, the museum announced Thursday. The 46-year-old succeeds Douglas Druick, the museum's president since 2011 who announced his retirement in October.

Douglas Druick, President of The Art Institute of Chicago

President of The Art Institute of Chicago

He was a curator for more than 25 years, and now Douglas Druick is the new President of The Art Institute of Chicago. He's here to tell us what he has in store for one of the city's highest profile cultural institutions.