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In the elegant galleries of The Frick Collection—a museum housed in the former mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick—you will find some of the most exceptional works of Western art. Ranging from the Renaissance through the late nineteenth century, the Collection includes works by such celebrated artists as Bellini, Constable, Corot, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Goya, El Greco, Holbein, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, Velázquez, Vermeer, and Whistler. In addition to major paintings by these and other masters, the Frick’s galleries contain fine French porcelains, Italian bronzes, sculptures, and period furniture. The permanent collection is further enriched by frequent presentations of special exhibitions. Established by Henry Clay Frick, the museum was greeted with awe when the doors first opened in 1935. It has grown over the years, while maintaining the special ambiance of an art connoisseur’s mansion, and today the Frick is internationally renowned as one of New York’s most remarkable cultural treasures.

"Landscape with Men and Boats" was painted in 1868 by renowned Hudson River School painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821–187...
06/19/2020

"Landscape with Men and Boats" was painted in 1868 by renowned Hudson River School painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872). A free Black man and avid member of the abolitionist community, Duncanson donated paintings to help raise funds for anti-slavery causes and, in 1853, was commissioned to paint illustrations for Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Today, on Juneteenth, we commemorate the freedom of the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it took two more years to enforce the federal order across the nation. On June 19, we celebrate the news reaching Galveston, Texas in 1865, marking the official end of slavery in the United States.

This masterwork by Duncanson has been reproduced from the collection of the #FrickPhotoarchive.

Black and white photographic reproduction of Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872), Landscape with Men and Boats, 1868. Oil on canvas, 18 x 30 in

Due to their constant use in palaces and mosques for centuries, only about five hundred Mughal carpets survive today. Th...
06/17/2020

Due to their constant use in palaces and mosques for centuries, only about five hundred Mughal carpets survive today. This skillfully woven textile in the Frick's collection was likely created in the middle of the seventeenth century. The pattern of plant life is seemingly spontaneous, with no apparent symmetry. 🌿 Although such floral designs are often found on Indian carpets, the monumental scale of each principal flower on this fragment is exceptionally unique.

Carpet, North Indian, ca. 1650. Silk (warp and weft) and pashmina (pile), 6 5/16 × 3 13/16 ft. (76 × 46 in.). The Frick Collection, New York

Today we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our partner organization Ghetto Film School (GFS). Founded in 2000, GFS ...
06/15/2020

Today we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our partner organization Ghetto Film School (GFS). Founded in 2000, GFS educates, develops, and celebrates the next generation of great American filmmakers and storytellers. 🎥 We are proud to work with GFS on The Frick Film Project, a collaboration between the Bronx-based independent film organization and our museum that provides onsite education across two creative disciplines⁠—the fine arts and the cinematic arts.

Visit ghettofilm.org/frickfilmproject to learn more and to watch the student-produced short films that were inspired by the Frick.
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GFS students in the Fragonard Room, The Frick Collection. Photo: Michael Bodycomb

New York-born sculptor and Frick Collection artist Malvina Hoffman was born on this day in 1887. An apprentice of August...
06/14/2020

New York-born sculptor and Frick Collection artist Malvina Hoffman was born on this day in 1887. An apprentice of Auguste Rodin, Hoffman was celebrated for her life-size bronze and marble sculptures. Among her portrait commissions were marble busts of Henry Clay Frick and his daughter Helen Clay Frick. This preparatory plaster portrait of Helen by Hoffman—painted to resemble terracotta—was gifted to the Frick in 2016.

Malvina Cornell Hoffman (American, 1887−1966), Bust of Helen Clay Frick, 1919. Plaster, 26 1/2 × 15 × 9 1/2 in. (67.3 × 38.1 × 24.1 cm). The Frick Collection, New York; gift of Lillian and Derek Ostergard in Honor of Margo Donahue dePeyster, 2016. Photo: George Koelle

06/13/2020
Panel Discussion: 'Who's Not in the Picture?'

Who's not in the picture? In 2019, the Frick hosted a panel examining histories of visibility, representation, and exclusion in Western art. One of the panelists, Risham Majeed, recently published an article with co-panelist Blake Bradford on related issues in "Art Journal Open" entitled "Just Being," a comparative critique of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Equal Justice Initiative's Museum and Memorial.

Watch the panel below ⬇️ and read the article now at artjournal.collegeart.org/?p=13526

June 2, 2019. Panelists address questions of identity in western art, examining histories of visibility, representation, and exclusion. Moderated by Lucy Jan...

It's time to watch the newest episode of Cocktails with a Curator!Tune in now at bit.ly/3e3sLa4 to join Xavier F. Salomo...
06/12/2020

It's time to watch the newest episode of Cocktails with a Curator!

Tune in now at bit.ly/3e3sLa4 to join Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, who is exploring "Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland" by James McNeill Whistler. This week’s complementary cocktail is a Sake Highball on the rocks.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903), Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland, 1871–74. Oil on canvas, 77 1/8 × 40 1/4 in. (195.9 × 102.2 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Discover cultural and historic sites from around the world in "Travels with a Curator." This week, Curator Aimee Ng take...
06/11/2020

Discover cultural and historic sites from around the world in "Travels with a Curator." This week, Curator Aimee Ng takes viewers on a journey to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) in Lisbon, Portugal, the home of an extraordinary private collection that, like The #FrickCollection, was made available for the enjoyment of the public. View now, and catch up on past episodes, at https://bit.ly/3hnamXx.

Installation view of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

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06/02/2020

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We are reflecting with grief and anguish on the painful events of the last days and beyond. We embrace equality and mutu...
06/01/2020

We are reflecting with grief and anguish on the painful events of the last days and beyond. We embrace equality and mutual respect and stand unequivocally in solidarity with those confronting racism. # BlackLivesMatter

Pop quiz: what do the Frick and the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri have in common? (Hint: look at the image!)Both s...
05/31/2020

Pop quiz: what do the Frick and the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri have in common? (Hint: look at the image!)

Both sites have been home to "St. John Baptizing" by the famed Florentine sculptor Francesco da Sangallo. In the newest episode of Travels with a Curator, take a virtual journey with Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, to Prato, Italy, to retrace the origins of the sculpture, now a treasured object in the Frick's collection. Watch now at bit.ly/3ezRO4q.

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Installation view of Francesco da Sangallo (Italian, 1494–1576), St. John Baptizing, ca. 1535–38. Bronze, H.: 20 7/8 in. (53 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Like you, our Frick colleagues long to be back in the galleries. In a special series of #FrickPick, we'll share works of...
05/30/2020

Like you, our Frick colleagues long to be back in the galleries. In a special series of #FrickPick, we'll share works of art from the collection that our staff members are missing the most during this time.

Leah Orescan, Manager of Development Research, is kicking things off with a beloved painting by Johannes Vermeer: "I first visited the Frick to view Girl Interrupted at Her Music for a paper I was writing in college. Before I began working remotely, it was a treat to be able to see it every morning on the way up to my desk. The work serves as a reminder of the journey that brought me to where I am today."

Girl Interrupted at Her Music, Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675), ca. 1658–59. Oil on canvas, 15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (39.4 x 44.5 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

We've got your evening plans covered 👉 TUNE IN NOW at bit.ly/3ezyJPN to enjoy the latest episode of Cocktails with a Cur...
05/29/2020

We've got your evening plans covered 👉 TUNE IN NOW at bit.ly/3ezyJPN to enjoy the latest episode of Cocktails with a Curator.

Together with Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, discover the fascinating history of Jean Barbet’s "Angel." This week’s complementary cocktail is an Angel Face.

Every Friday at 5:00 p.m. the Frick premieres the newest episode of this online program. Watch weekly or stream the episodes on our YouTube channel anytime.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Installation view of Jean [Jehan] Barbet (French, act. 1475–1514), Angel, 1475. Bronze, H.: 44 1/2 in. (113 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Although small in scale, these bronze sculptures from the Italian Renaissance emphasize motion, energy, and balance in t...
05/28/2020

Although small in scale, these bronze sculptures from the Italian Renaissance emphasize motion, energy, and balance in the human form.

Looking to these works for inspiration, create a figure drawing. ✍️ Try using expressive gestural lines that convey the pose, or block in shapes to describe the head, torso, and limbs. Create contour drawings by simply outlining the forms—or experiment with blind contour drawing by not looking at your paper. Share your creation with us by messaging us via Facebook for a chance to have your work featured on our social channels.

05/27/2020
Frick Five, Charlotte Vignon interviewed by Aimee Ng

What book inspired you the most? 📖

Join Frick curators as they pose five questions to invited colleagues and friends. In the latest episode of Frick Five, Curator Aimee Ng leads a lively and illuminating discussion with Charlotte Vignon, Director of Musée National de Céramique at Sèvres (Sèvres - Manufacture et Musée). Charlotte reveals a love for a certain Bohemian-born poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, whose beautiful writing on the work of Auguste Rodin inspired her to pursue art history.

Watch now ⬇️

In the second episode of “Frick Five,” Curator Aimee Ng interviews Charlotte Vignon, Director of the Musée national de céramique, Sèvres, and previously Cura...

Waking up with Turner's "Early Summer Morning" this Memorial Day. 🌞  Turner’s fondness for yellow is evident in the hazy...
05/25/2020

Waking up with Turner's "Early Summer Morning" this Memorial Day. 🌞 Turner’s fondness for yellow is evident in the hazy summer sunlight that fills this warm work.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851), Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, 1826. Oil on canvas (lined), 36 5/8 x 48 1/2 in. (93 x 123.2 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Looking at art in a new light 🕯️This large candelabrum and its pair are installed at the foot of the Grand Staircase at ...
05/24/2020

Looking at art in a new light 🕯️

This large candelabrum and its pair are installed at the foot of the Grand Staircase at The Frick Collection. Crafted in Paris around 1785, the works each feature three patinated­-bronze female musicians at the base and bronze bouquets of roses, carnations, and poppies to conceal the candle sockets from sight.

Formerly owned by J. P. Morgan, the candelabra were acquired by Henry Clay Frick in 1915.

Candelabrum Vase (one of a pair), formerly attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (French, 1751–1843), ca. 1785. Gilt and patinated bronze, lapis lazuli and marble, 45 1/2 × 19 1/4 in. (115.6 × 48.9 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Anyone else feeling nostalgic for summer weekends with friends?In this 1910 photo from the #FrickArchives Mrs. Adelaide ...
05/23/2020

Anyone else feeling nostalgic for summer weekends with friends?

In this 1910 photo from the #FrickArchives Mrs. Adelaide Frick (closest to camera) picnics in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, with a group of companions. Both Adelaide and the gentleman on the left enjoy a sweet summer snack. 🍉

Browse through the Frick's extensive collection of archival photographs at digitalcollections.frick.org.

Picnic at Eagle Rock, Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, ca. 1910. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives

Happy Friday! Celebrate the start of the weekend with a serving of Cocktails with a Curator. The next episode is premier...
05/22/2020

Happy Friday! Celebrate the start of the weekend with a serving of Cocktails with a Curator. The next episode is premiering NOW at bit.ly/2TvmawN.

This week, Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, discusses one of Henry Clay Frick's favorites⁠—King Philip IV of Spain by Velázquez⁠—while enjoying a Fitifiti, a popular Spanish cocktail.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Diego Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660), King Philip IV of Spain, 1644. Oil on canvas, 51 1/8 × 39 1/8 in. (129.9 × 99.4 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Join the #FrickLibrary on May 29 at 4:00 p.m. for a virtual tutorial and Q&A on Frick Digital Collections.This freely ac...
05/22/2020

Join the #FrickLibrary on May 29 at 4:00 p.m. for a virtual tutorial and Q&A on Frick Digital Collections.

This freely accessible digital repository allows users to browse and download over 20,000 digitized materials from the The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library’s collections of photoarchive images, archival documents, and books. Learn more about the program and register at bit.ly/3cpFCm3.

Our friends at New York Public Radio are bringing music into your home while concert venues are closed. Tonight at 9:00 ...
05/21/2020
Thursday, May 21: New York In Concert From The Frick Collection | New York in Concert | WQXR

Our friends at New York Public Radio are bringing music into your home while concert venues are closed. Tonight at 9:00 p.m., tune into WQXR's New York in Concert to stream recordings of the Calefax Reed Quintet and Phaeton Piano Trio, from past performances hosted at the Frick.

Listen live at WQXR.org or 105.9 FM.

This episode of New York In Concert features performances by reed quintet Calefax and the Phaeton Piano Trio, recorded at The Frick Collection.

The revolutionary printmaker and painter Albrecht Dürer was born on this day in 1471.Influenced by the Italian Renaissan...
05/21/2020

The revolutionary printmaker and painter Albrecht Dürer was born on this day in 1471.

Influenced by the Italian Renaissance, Dürer was fascinated by the human form. His mastery of proportions is demonstrated in this 1504 engraving of Adam and Eve. Look closely and you'll see Eve grasping the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, an offense that compelled the pair to conceal their bodies with fig leaves.

What other symbols do you recognize? Comment the emoji of the animals or objects you find.

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), Adam and Eve, 1504. Engraving, 9 7/8 × 7 11/16 in. (25.1 × 19.5 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Still life painting invites us to take a closer look at the things we encounter on a daily basis. Inspired by the work o...
05/20/2020

Still life painting invites us to take a closer look at the things we encounter on a daily basis. Inspired by the work of Chardin, last week we asked our followers to create their own arrangements of household items.

Enjoy a few of the compositions submitted to us by Frick fans like you! ⬇️

Take a meditative moment with today's #FrickPick feature, brought to us by the masterful Monet.Over a period of years, M...
05/20/2020

Take a meditative moment with today's #FrickPick feature, brought to us by the masterful Monet.

Over a period of years, Monet painted the small town of Vétheuil, France, from varying vantage points. He painted this snowy snapshot in the winter of 1878/79 with a subdued palette of mauves, grays, and blue-greens.

Claude-Oscar Monet (French, 1840−1926), Vétheuil in Winter, 1878−79. Oil on canvas, 27 x 35 3/8 in. (68.6 x 89.9 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Now's your chance to try out a new hairstyle. Why not revive a renaissance 'do?
05/19/2020

Now's your chance to try out a new hairstyle. Why not revive a renaissance 'do?

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! We miss seeing you in the galleries, but delight in bringing the Frick to you. Thank you ...
05/18/2020

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay!

We miss seeing you in the galleries, but delight in bringing the Frick to you. Thank you to our community of Frick fans who are sharing this time with us by engaging and participating in our #MuseumFromHome offerings.

The Garden Court, The Frick Collection, New York

05/17/2020
Frick Five, Nathaniel Silver interviewed by Xavier F. Salomon

What work of art would you want to live with in your home?

For Nathaniel Silver, William and Lia Poorvu Curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the answer is easy: The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca.

Follow along with the Frick as we remotely reconnect with colleagues and friends to ask them the same set of five questions. Funny, illuminating, and thought-provoking—this is the #FrickFive.

Watch the inaugural episode ⬇️

In the inaugural episode of “Frick Five,” Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, interviews Nathaniel Silver, the William and Lia Poorvu Curator a...

A quick #FrickPick pick-me-up!This ten-foot-tall canvas is one of eleven paintings in Fragonard's "Progress of Love" ser...
05/16/2020

A quick #FrickPick pick-me-up!

This ten-foot-tall canvas is one of eleven paintings in Fragonard's "Progress of Love" series. The panel depicts a young woman crowning her lover with roses 🌹 as an artist (right) documents the joyful scene.

Do you have a favorite work in The Frick Collection? Submit your nominations in the comments ⬇️ with the hashtag #FrickPick.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), The Progress of Love: The Lover Crowned, 1771–72. Oil on canvas (lined), 125 1/8 x 95 3/4 in. (317.8 x 243.2 cm). The Frick Collection, New York #TechnologyMW

Lounging around with nothing to do? Tune in now for the premiere of this week's Cocktails with a Curator at bit.ly/3dLWF...
05/15/2020

Lounging around with nothing to do? Tune in now for the premiere of this week's Cocktails with a Curator at bit.ly/3dLWF1O.

In this episode Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, examines the life and work of French painter François #Boucher, with a focus on "A Lady on Her Day Bed.” This week’s complementary cocktail has a kick: the potent French 75.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

François Boucher (French, 1703–1770), A Lady on Her Day Bed, 1743. Oil on canvas, 22 1/2 × 26 7/8 in. (57.2 × 68.3 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

05/15/2020
Jean-Henri Riesener Secretaire

Elevate your work-from-home lifestyle with this decorative desk, originally owned by Marie-Antionette.

The French queen commissioned this upright secretary from her favorite cabinetmaker, Jean-Henri Riesener, who decorated the piece with a geometric pattern and stylized panels of blossoms, fruit, vines, and scrolls.

Jean-Henri Riesener (German, 1734–1806), Secretaire, ca. 1780 and 1790. Oak veneered with various woods including ash, bloodwood, and amaranth; gilt bronze, leather, marble, 56 3/8 × 45 1/2 × 17 1/4 in. (143.2 × 115.6 × 43.8 cm). The Frick Collection, New York

Happy Birthday to Frick Collection artist Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on this day in 1727.The famed British portra...
05/14/2020

Happy Birthday to Frick Collection artist Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on this day in 1727.

The famed British portraitist reportedly preferred painting landscapes to people, but nevertheless excelled at capturing the likenesses of aristocratic Georgian society. We can see Gainsborough's interest in landscape painting in the natural surroundings that frame these women.

What does Gainsborough tell us about Mrs. Peter William Baker and the Hon. Frances Duncombe, through pose, costume, and setting?

Dining Room, The Frick Collection, New York

Mrs. Peter William Baker (detail), Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727–1788), 1781. Oil on canvas, 89 5/8 × 59 3/4 in. (227.6 × 151.8 cm)

The Hon. Frances Duncombe (detail), Thomas Gainsborough, ca. 1777. Oil on canvas, 92 1/4 x 61 1/8 in. (234.3 x 155.3 cm)

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