The Frick Collection – New York

The Frick Collection – New YorkThe Frick Collection – New YorkThe Frick Collection – New YorkThe Frick Collection – New YorkThe Frick Collection – New York






Visiting the Frick Collection is like traveling back in time to the Gilded Age at the dawn of the twentieth century.  Housed in the one of the last remaining Fifth Avenue mansions that characterized the opulence of that bygone era, the art collection and the landmark building itself stand as a testimony to the aesthetic genius of Henry Clay Frick.  The Greek revival structure designed by Thomas Hastings, became the foundation upon which Mr. Frick built his ever expanding collection of exquisite paintings, sculpture, furniture and decorative objects.

A visitor today has the opportunity to view the impressive home and priceless artwork much as it was when occupied by the Frick family and to wander through private rooms and gardens that have remained unaltered and were arranged according to Mr. Frick’s personal taste.  A steel magnate who was one of the richest men in America when he died in 1919, he left behind a generous endowment so that his stellar collection of more than 131 paintings, sculptures and drawings, a vast cache of decorative arts including furniture, porcelain, enamels, rugs and silver and the residence itself would remain intact as a complete collection and be open to the public in perpetuity for the appreciation and research of fine art.

Open to visitors since 1935, displayed upon the mansion’s gracious walls are some of the finest examples of artistic achievement found in the United States including, “St. John the Evangelist,” dating to 1454 and the only large scale painting by Piero della Francesca in the US, Holbein the Younger’s, “Portrait of Thomas More,” dating to 1527 and, ”Portrait of Thomas Cromwell,” dating to 1533, as well as three of the 35 Vermeers known to exist, “Officer and Laughing Girl,” dating to 1657, ”Girl Interrupted in her Music,” dating to 1660 and,”Mistress and Maid,” dating to 1667. Other standout canvases in the collection are Bellini’s, “St. Francis in the Desert,” from 1480, Titian’s “Pietro Aretino,” from 1537, El Greco’s “St. Jerome,” from 1590, a Rembrandt, ”Self Portrait,” from 1658, Constable’s, “Salisbury Cathedral,” from 1826, Ingres’s “Comtesse d’Haussonville,” from 1845, Degas’s, “The Rehearsal,” from 1878, Whistler’s ”Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac,” from 1891 plus two rooms completely dedicated to individual artists, the ”Boucher Room” which displays eight canvases depicting the, “Arts and Sciences,” painted between 1750 and 1752 said to have been commissioned from the artist by Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV and the “Fragonard Room”, configured specially to accommodate the artist’s monumental, multi-panel, “Progress of Love,” created during the last decades of the eighteenth century.

The remarkable holdings also include works by Bruegel, David, Gainsborough, Goya, Hals, Renoir, Turner and Velasquez, significant sculptures like Bernini’s “Head of an Angel” from 1655 and Clodion’s ”Zephyrus and Flora” from 1799 as well as a remarkable assembly of Sèvres porcelain, Limoges enamels, Italian bronzes, Oriental tapestries and eighteenth century furniture that combine to create a museum that is small in size yet spectacular in scope. The Frick also hosts temporary exhibitions of note and offers a wide variety of concerts, lectures, symposia, student and studio programs making it one of New York’s most important cultural institutions and a lasting monument to the ambitions of its founder.





 

"St. John the Evangelist" (1454) - della Francesca

“St. John the Evangelist” (1454) – della Francesca 

“Sir Thomas More” (1527) - Holbein

“Sir Thomas More” (1527) – Holbein

"Girl Interrupted in her Music" (1660) - Vermeer

“Girl Interrupted in her Music” (1660) – Vermeer

"Fragonard Room" at the Frick Museum

“Fragonard Room” at the Frick Museum

Frick Mansion (1914) - Thomas Hastings, Architect

Frick Mansion (1914) – Thomas Hastings, Architect





Official Museum Site

Frick Collection

1 East 70th Street

New York, NY  10021

212-288-0700

 

Current Exhibitions:

Murillo – The Self-Portraits

November 1, 2017 through February 4, 2018

 

Veronese in Murano – Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored

October 24, 2017 through March 25, 2018

 

Fired by Passion – Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection

June 8, 2017 through August 12, 2018

 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Zurbarán – Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle

January 31, 2018 through April 22, 2018

 

Canova’s George Washington

May 23, 2018 through September 23, 2018

 

Must See in the Permanent Collection:

Painting:

  • “St. John the Evangelist” (1454) – della Francesca

  • “St. Francis in the Desert” (1480) – Bellini

  • “Portrait of Thomas More” (1527) – Hans Holbien the Younger

  • “Portrait of Thomas Cromwell” (1533) - Hans Holbien the Younger

  • “Pietro Aretino” (1537) – Titian

  • “Saint Jerome” (1590) – El Greco

  • “Officer and Laughing Girl” (1657) – Vermeer

  • “Self-Portrait (1658) – Rembrandt

  • Girl Interrupted in her Music (1660) – Vermeer

  • “Mistress and Maid,” (1667) – Vermeer

  •  “Arts and Sciences” (1752) – Boucher

  • “Progress of Love” (1772) – Fragonard

  • “Louise de Broglie, Countess d’Haussonville” (1845) – Ingres

  • “Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac” (1891) – Whistler

Sculpture:

  • “Head of an Angel” (1655) – Bernini

  • “Zephyrus and Flora”  (1799) – Clodion

 

Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed on Monday.

 

Admission:

$22 for an adult ticket.

$17 for a senior ticket.

$12 for a student ticket.

Pay what you wish every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Free admission from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday evening of the month except in January.

Special exhibitions and the audio guide are included in the price of admission.

No online ticketing available. Purchase tickets in person only.

Regrettably, children under 10 years of age are not admitted to the collection.

 

 

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