The Frick Collection

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The Frick Collection is your home for art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. Founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), the museum offers visitors intimate encounters with one of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts. The institution’s holdings—which have more than doubled in size since the museum’s opening in 1935—include celebrated works by Rembran

dt, Fragonard, Ingres, Bellini, Vermeer, and more. The Frick Art Reference Library, a leading global resource in the field of art history, was established one hundred years ago by Helen Clay Frick and is open to researchers and the public alike.

To celebrate the New Year, we're highlighting our top-performing collection works from 2023 🎉 Which is your favorite?1️⃣...
01/08/2024

To celebrate the New Year, we're highlighting our top-performing collection works from 2023 🎉 Which is your favorite?

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), Louise, Princesse de Broglie, Later the Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845, oil on canvas

Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), Mistress and Maid, ca. 1666–67, oil on canvas

Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), The Choice Between Virtue and Vice, ca. 1565, oil on canvas

Looking for the perfect weekend activity? Head over to   and explore some of your collection favorites or discover somet...
01/06/2024

Looking for the perfect weekend activity? Head over to and explore some of your collection favorites or discover something new.

Please note: The museum will open at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays in January, following Member Morning. Not a member? Join now to attend: https://bit.ly/3RPgTgF

Installation view of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's "Lake," 1861. Photo: Cris Sunwoo

LAST CHANCE—Don't miss the "dazzling portraits" (The Wall Street Journal) on view in "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at...
01/05/2024

LAST CHANCE—Don't miss the "dazzling portraits" (The Wall Street Journal) on view in "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick" during its final weekend at !

Hendricks revolutionized contemporary portraiture with his vivid depictions of predominantly Black sitters. Beginning in the late 1960s, his work drew from and challenged traditions of European art, and The Frick Collection—with its iconic portraits by Rembrandt, Bronzino, Van Dyck, and others—was one of his favorite museums.

Plan your visit to experience the acclaimed exhibition: https://bit.ly/3OcWuls

Photos: Cris Sunwoo and George Koelle. All works shown are © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Frick Collection announced today that Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, will retire in 2025 fo...
01/03/2024

The Frick Collection announced today that Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, will retire in 2025 following fourteen years of service to the institution and a fifty-year museum career. During his tenure as the Frick’s director, Wardropper led the museum and library through a period of strategic and measured growth, which included the first comprehensive renovation and upgrade of the Frick’s historic buildings in nearly ninety years and a focused acquisitions program that has enhanced the institution’s art and library collections.

Learn more about Wardropper and his history at the Frick in today’s "New York Times" article: https://nyti.ms/3tEPDcK

And read even more about the news in our press release: https://bit.ly/3tEPCWe

Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director of The Frick Collection, at the institution’s historic buildings, which are currently under renovation. Photo: Richard Renaldi

What is your 2024 New Year's resolution? Comment below!Ours is to see and be around more art 🎨—Visitors in the Spanish G...
01/03/2024

What is your 2024 New Year's resolution? Comment below!

Ours is to see and be around more art 🎨

Visitors in the Spanish Gallery at . Photo: George Koelle

Happy New Year's Eve! Cheers to 2023 and onward to 2024 🎉🍾 How are you celebrating tonight?Please note, Frick Madison wi...
12/31/2023

Happy New Year's Eve! Cheers to 2023 and onward to 2024 🎉🍾 How are you celebrating tonight?

Please note, Frick Madison will close early today, at 3:00 p.m.

"Dance of Time: Three Nymphs Supporting a Clock," sculptor: Clodion, clockmaker: Jean-Baptiste Lepaute, 1788. Terracotta, brass, steel, and glass, h. 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm). The Frick Collection, New York; purchased through the Winthrop Kellogg Edey bequest, 2006.

Holding a club and n**e except for some ivy leaves to which a panpipe is attached, this figure eludes a precise identifi...
12/29/2023

Holding a club and n**e except for some ivy leaves to which a panpipe is attached, this figure eludes a precise identification. It is inspired by ancient representations of fauns and satyrs and by Northern European depictions of "wild men," creatures believed to inhabit forests.

It is likely that the shield held by the figure was originally decorated with the coat of arms of the family to whom it belonged. The original shield is lost, though, replaced by a modern creation.

Learn more about Bertoldo di Giovanni's "Shield Bearer": https://bit.ly/47k2Jdj

Bertoldo di Giovanni (Italian, ca. 1440–1491), Shield Bearer, ca. 1470–80. Bronze with extensive traces of gilding, 8 13/16 × 3 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (22.4 × 9.5 × 7 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

"With 'The Three Philosophers' in temporary residence, the gallery ... becomes a place to luxuriate in these two masterp...
12/28/2023

"With 'The Three Philosophers' in temporary residence, the gallery ... becomes a place to luxuriate in these two masterpieces and to contemplate how their authors pointed the way forward for art, beyond the confines of traditional representation and toward a more poetic, more ambiguous future."

Read the Wall Street Journal's review of "Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini" and see the special installation at Frick Madison through February 4.

The Frick Madison brings together—for the first time in some 400 years—two Italian masterpieces that once hung in the palazzo of a prominent Venetian.

This is one of a number of ballet rehearsal scenes by Edgar   set in a room thought to be in the old Paris Opera House. ...
12/28/2023

This is one of a number of ballet rehearsal scenes by Edgar set in a room thought to be in the old Paris Opera House. The violinist’s dark attire and weathered face contrast sharply with the colorful, doll-faced young women, who have been likened to puppets suspended from strings. The artist enhances the sense of his proximity to the figures through a sharp tilting of the floor and close cropping of the violinist and a fourth dancer at right, represented only by a lower leg and not quite perfectly pointed foot.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), The Rehearsal, 1878–79. Oil on canvas, 18 3/4 x 24 in. (47.6 x 61 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

The Florentine painter Bronzino was court artist to the Medici family and celebrated for his highly naturalistic and ele...
12/26/2023

The Florentine painter Bronzino was court artist to the Medici family and celebrated for his highly naturalistic and elegant depictions of his sitters. Here, he depicts Lodovico Capponi, a page at the Medici court, and the portrait exemplifies the prized qualities of Bronzino’s paintings: flawless, porcelain-like face; elongated, slender body, down to the impossibly long fingers; and brilliant, exacting portrayal of his sumptuous clothing.

Learn more about the work: https://bit.ly/3GVOsIY

Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, 1503–1572), Lodovico Capponi, ca. 1550–55. Oil on panel, 45 7/8 x 33 3/4 in. (116.5 x 85.7 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Merry Christmas from The Frick Collection! 🎄In this   by Jessie Willcox Smith, called "one of the greatest pure illustra...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from The Frick Collection! 🎄

In this by Jessie Willcox Smith, called "one of the greatest pure illustrators," two children in their pajamas have fallen asleep by the fireplace, no doubt waiting for Santa Claus's impending arrival.

reproduction of Jessie Willcox Smith (1863–1935), Christmas Eve (Collier's Christmas cover), 1906

"Hendricks showed a way to productively engage with the complex legacies of historical European art while honoring peopl...
12/23/2023

"Hendricks showed a way to productively engage with the complex legacies of historical European art while honoring people largely excluded from its visual record. His project has encouraged generations of audiences and artists to see Old Master paintings as they may never have otherwise."

Enjoy an excerpt from Curator Aimee Ng's introductory essay from the catalogue for "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick." The publication—available for purchase from the Museum Shop—also features an essay by Consulting Curator Antwaun Sargent, entries for each object in the show (with numerous previously unpublished archival photographs), and reflections by eight major contemporary artists and cultural figures who were influenced by Hendricks's groundbreaking work.

Visit and explore the exhibition before it closes on January 7.

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All works © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photos: Cris Sunwoo

A moment for the details...In Fragonard's Progress of Love: "Love Letters," we see the peaceful enjoyment of a happy uni...
12/22/2023

A moment for the details...

In Fragonard's Progress of Love: "Love Letters," we see the peaceful enjoyment of a happy union represented by a couple reading love letters under a statue of Friendship. Learn more about the artist and the other works in the series on his dedicated page: https://bit.ly/3v35X7t

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), The Progress of Love: Love Letters, 1771–72. Oil on canvas, 124 7/8 x 85 3/8 in. (317.2 x 216.9 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

"Within these narrow confines [of portraiture], painting with delicate precision, Hendricks rendered a beautiful group o...
12/21/2023

"Within these narrow confines [of portraiture], painting with delicate precision, Hendricks rendered a beautiful group of impeccable peacocks."

Don't miss Jerry Saltz's review of "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick." Read more below, and catch the exhibition before it closes on January 7!

A master portraitist takes his place alongside the Whistlers at the Frick.

We are celebrating the first day of winter with Boucher's chilly scene ❄️—Installation view at   of François Boucher's F...
12/21/2023

We are celebrating the first day of winter with Boucher's chilly scene ❄️

Installation view at of François Boucher's Four Seasons: Winter (1755). Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

"I just figured it would be boxed up, it was going to stay in his studio. I had no idea. Because at the time he was an a...
12/20/2023

"I just figured it would be boxed up, it was going to stay in his studio. I had no idea. Because at the time he was an art teacher, and I thought it was just practicing his craft. You know, I had no idea he was going to really be as big a figure in the art world as he is."—Linda McClellan, portrait sitter

The Three Graces, figures from Greek mythology, were a popular motif for artists throughout early modern European art, from Sandro Botticelli to Peter Paul Rubens to Antonio Canova. Barkley L. Hendricks acknowledged the "direct influence" of the theme in this painting, "October's Gone...Goodnight," his portrait of Linda McClellan, then a student at Connecticut College. This is the earliest of Hendricks's white-on-white limited-palette paintings.

Pictured here, McClellan recently visited and posed with her portrait in our exhibition. Hear directly from McClellan and from gallerist Jack Shainman on their relationship with Hendricks: https://bit.ly/3tpwiw6

Linda McClellan with Barkley L. Hendricks's "October's Gone...Goodnight," 1973. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 66 x 72 in. (167.6 x 182.9 cm). Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Richard Norton Memorial Fund. © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Installation photos: Joseph Coscia Jr.

Photograph by Hendricks of McClellan in the artist's studio, ca. 1972. Courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks

12/19/2023

In this special inside look, we travel to Lyon, France, where the distinctive green velvet wall fabric of the Frick’s West Gallery was recently rewoven after more than one hundred years. Sabine Verzier—the sixth generation of her family to oversee the Manufacture Prelle—explains how Prelle made the original fabric starting in 1914, when the Frick mansion was built as a private home. As part of our ongoing renovation and enhancement project, Verzier and the talented Prelle staff reproduced the velvet based on the same silk threads used a century ago.

Learn more about the renovation project: https://bit.ly/49yM9Jd

Video by the Frick’s Media Production Team

Jacques-Louis David painted this portrait of the Comtesse Daru as a surprise gift for her husband, a prominent figure in...
12/18/2023

Jacques-Louis David painted this portrait of the Comtesse Daru as a surprise gift for her husband, a prominent figure in Napoleon’s regime.

Pictured here in her mid-twenties, already the mother of six, Alexandrine wears a bathing-cap-like headdress of white flowers, probably a tiara of orange blossoms, in harmony with her white satin and muslin gown. The green stones of her necklace and earrings have been called emeralds, but their value would have been enormous; instead, they are perhaps chalcedony or jade, but no less striking.

Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748−1825), Alexandrine-Thérèse Nardot, Comtesse Daru, 1810. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. (81.6 x 65.1 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Today marks the 88th anniversary of the opening of The Frick Collection! ✨ In celebration, we are highlighting Helen Cla...
12/16/2023

Today marks the 88th anniversary of the opening of The Frick Collection! ✨

In celebration, we are highlighting Helen Clay Frick, the founder and first director of the Frick Art Reference Library and Henry Clay Frick's daughter. Did you know? Helen was the driving force behind many of the museum's earliest acquisitions, following her father's bequest. Her love for early Italian art had been nurtured by a visit to Italy during the winter of 1923/24 and again in the summer of 1925. Thanks to her vision and perseverance, the Frick has an extraordinary group of gold-ground and altar paintings, including Duccio's "Temptation of Christ" and "The Annunciation" by Fra Filippo Lippi.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/47hNLol

Portrait of Helen Clay Frick at the time of her Pittsburgh debut, photo by Walter C. Jarrett, 1908, The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives

Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, ca. 1255−ca. 1319), The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain (detail), 1308−11, tempera on poplar panel, 17 x 18 1/8 in. (43.2 x 46 cm)

Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, ca. 1406−1469), The Annunciation, ca. 1440, tempera on poplar panel, left panel: 25 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (63.8 x 25.1 cm), right panel: 25 1/8 x 10 in. (63.8 x 25.4 cm)

Today we are taking a close look at "Misc. Tyrone (Tyrone Smith)," on view at   in "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at t...
12/14/2023

Today we are taking a close look at "Misc. Tyrone (Tyrone Smith)," on view at in "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick."

In 1976, Hendricks encountered Tyrone Smith in downtown Philadelphia and asked to take his photograph. As he recalled, Smith “went into a whole theatrical posing thing...it looked like a photo shoot.” The crowd that formed applauded when they finished. Working from the photos in his studio, Hendricks set Smith’s angular pose against a vibrant pink background, inspired perhaps by his sense of the subject’s personality. Like many artists before him, Hendricks ventured onto the city streets for inspiration—carrying his camera, rather than a pencil or pen and paper, as his “mechanical sketchbook.”

See the work in person before the exhibition closes on January 7.

Barkley L. Hendricks (American, 1945–2017), Misc. Tyrone (Tyrone Smith), 1976. Oil and magna on canvas, 72 x 50 in. (182.9 x 127 cm). The George Economou Collection. © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

Plunge into the drama of one of the Frick's largest paintings, "The Choice Between Virtue and Vice" by Paolo Veronese.Th...
12/13/2023

Plunge into the drama of one of the Frick's largest paintings, "The Choice Between Virtue and Vice" by Paolo Veronese.

This scene depicts a subject often represented in the Renaissance. At a crossroads, Hercules encounters Vice, who offers a path of ease and pleasure, and Virtue, who indicates a rugged ascent leading to true happiness. The long talons of Vice have ripped the hero’s stocking, while a jagged knife leans against the breast of the sphinx supporting her throne. The moral lesson is underlined by the motto on the entablature at upper left: [HO]NOR ET VIRTUS/[P]OST MORTEM FLORET ("Honor and Virtue Flourish after Death").

Come see this work hanging next to Veronese's "Wisdom and Strength" at .

Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528–1588), The Choice Between Virtue and Vice, ca. 1565. Oil on canvas, 86 1/4 x 66 3/4 in. (219.1 x 169.5 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

“[This exhibition] is an incredibly historic intervention into this museum’s history. It’s amazing because it reminds us...
12/12/2023

“[This exhibition] is an incredibly historic intervention into this museum’s history. It’s amazing because it reminds us of the way in which artists can have an impact in so many different moments, in so many different ways.”—Thelma Golden, Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem

Watch the organizers of “Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick”—the Frick’s Curator Aimee Ng and Consulting Curator Antwaun Sargent—in conversation with Thelma Golden about the acclaimed exhibition and the legacy of Hendricks’s groundbreaking work.

Plan your visit to see the show at before it closes on January 7!

https://bit.ly/47Kt0T7

Thelma Golden, Aimee Ng, and Antwaun Sargent discuss the new Barkley L. Hendricks exhibit at The Frick Madison. Photo Courtesy: Patrick Butler

This holiday season, share your love of The Frick Collection with friends and family.Recipients of a gift membership wil...
12/11/2023

This holiday season, share your love of The Frick Collection with friends and family.

Recipients of a gift membership will enjoy 18 months of Frick membership for the price of 12—ensuring the continuation of benefits during our final months at and through the reopening of our historic Fifth Avenue home late next year. Plus, gift recipients can pick up a complimentary, limited-edition Frick Madison tote bag during their visit to the museum! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3WveqJd

Photo: George Koelle

In 1534, the greengrocers and watermelon sellers of Prato, a city northwest of Florence, commissioned a marble font for ...
12/10/2023

In 1534, the greengrocers and watermelon sellers of Prato, a city northwest of Florence, commissioned a marble font for the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri. On top of the font stood a bronze statue of St. John the Baptist made by Francesco da Sangallo, now in the Frick's permanent collection.

The surfaces of this sculpture are inventively finished with textures produced by different tools and techniques. The saint’s hair falls in ropy locks, quite different from the coarse, curling hair of the animal hide forming his cloak. Set in a sorrowful face, the large eyes, with their deeply hollowed pupils, befit a saint who sees beyond the present as the prophet and precursor of Christ.

In the 1890s, the bronze was separated from its marble support and began a new life as a bronze statuette.

Francesco da Sangallo (Italian, 1494–1576), St. John Baptizing, ca. 1534–38. Bronze, h. 20 7/8 in. (53 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

12/09/2023

Kick off your holiday shopping at the Frick! 🎁

Explore our limited-edition items—like Frick Madison merchandise and our Barkley L. Hendricks tote bag—in person and online. Shop now: https://bit.ly/3XS6pzC

Photos: Joseph Coscia Jr.

Tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., celebrate the must-see fall exhibition "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick" du...
12/08/2023

Tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., celebrate the must-see fall exhibition "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick" during our free community evening, Gray-Krehbiel Open Night! Enjoy after-hours gallery and reading room access, sketching, themed talks, live music, and complimentary refreshments from The SisterYard.

Admission is free. Timed tickets are no longer available, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. View the full schedule: https://bit.ly/3ZuFbQR

Individuals with accessibility requests can email [email protected]. American Sign Language interpretation and Assistive Listening Devices will be available.

Installation view of "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick." All works © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

Wishing a happy first night of   to all those who celebrate. 🕎To commemorate the miracle of one day’s worth of oil burni...
12/07/2023

Wishing a happy first night of to all those who celebrate. 🕎

To commemorate the miracle of one day’s worth of oil burning for eight days, fried or oily foods are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. As shown in this pastel drawing reproduced in the , peeling potatoes is a common sight in households preparing latkes—potato pancakes fried in oil, typically served with applesauce and sour cream.

James Sharples Jr. (1789–1839), In the Kitchen: Girl Peeling Potatoes, pastel, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive

Looking for the perfect book to dive into this December? Explore a list of recommended reads—covering Surrealism, stains...
12/06/2023

Looking for the perfect book to dive into this December? Explore a list of recommended reads—covering Surrealism, stains, sculpture, and more—from Gabriella Lacza, Imaging Assistant at the Frick Art Reference Library. Also in the blog post, you'll find a rapid-fire Q&A where you can learn more about Gabriella.

All of the books on the list are available to view in the library's reading room, which is open by free appointment.

https://bit.ly/416xml7

Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr.

12/05/2023

Learn about “Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini,” the final special presentation at , with Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. On view through February 4, 2024, this installation reunites—for the first time in some four hundred years—the Frick’s “St. Francis in the Desert” by Giovanni Bellini with Giorgione’s “Three Philosophers,” on rare loan from the Museum Vienna.

Presented in the chapel-like gallery in which Bellini’s panel has hung in isolated splendor, this show explores the two paintings’ shared history in an unprecedented display.

Video by the Frick's Media Production Team

“No one paints jeans like me, with the consciousness of the fact that jeans are a material that is worn rather than pain...
12/04/2023

“No one paints jeans like me, with the consciousness of the fact that jeans are a material that is worn rather than painted. When I say ‘worn’ I mean the way the denim actually looks.”—Barkley L. Hendricks

In “APB’s (Afro-Parisian Brothers),” Hendricks paid close attention to the depiction of the two figures’ clothing, from the various textures and materials to the creases that animate a pant leg. To attain the effect of denim in this work, he engaged the texture of the woven canvas itself, noting that “the art of painting is not only about putting paint down.”

Examine the textures in the painting at during the last month of "Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick."

Barkley L. Hendricks (American, 1945–2017), APB’s (Afro-Parisian Brothers), 1978. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 50 in. (182.9 × 127 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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The Frick Collection is your home for art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. Founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), the museum offers visitors intimate encounters with one of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts. The institution’s holdings—which have more than doubled in size since the museum’s opening in 1935—include celebrated works by Rembrandt, Fragonard, Ingres, Bellini, Vermeer, and more. The Frick Art Reference Library, a leading global resource in the field of art history, was established one hundred years ago by Helen Clay Frick and is open to researchers and the public alike.


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