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photo of Stephen K. Scher, along with  Aimee Ng, handling medals

Stephen K. Scher, the co- curator (along with Associate Curator Aimee Ng) of the special exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality, discusses his decades-long fascination of portrait medals.

photo of Margot Bogert

Director Ian Wardropper thanks Margot Bogert, who recently retired as Chair of the Board of Trustees after twelve years.

oil painting depicting three female figures on sandy shore, surrounded by various objects, with sky and coast in background

Xavier F. Salomon writes about a painting by Richard Parkes Bonington, currently on view in the North Hall. The loan depicts the coastal environs of northern France and complements the Frick’s exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time.

oil painting depicting harbor scene, showing full sky over docked ships and people interacting on land

Director Ian Wardropper looks ahead to upcoming events, including programs that celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Center for the History of Collecting.

photo of gray porcelain elephant statue decorated with flowers and draperies

Director Ian Wardropper discusses a wonderful acquisition of work by the Du Paquier Porcelain Manufactory.

oil painting depicting grand villa lawns populated with men, women and dogs, circa 1700

Xavier F. Salomon reflects on a work by painter Francesco Guardi that is currently on long-term loan to the Frick and may be seen in the Ante Room.  While Guardi typically captured water views of his native city, this charming canvas depicts the garden of a Venetian palazzo.

circular bronze medal with relief of woman in profile

Associate Curator Aimee Ng discusses a major gift to The Frick Collection and how it dovetails beautifully with the museum’s holdings.

pair of gilt-bronze candelabra, circa 1782, with hard-paste porcelain and marble elements

Director Ian Wardropper discusses the evolution of the collection, including recent acquisitions.

Van Dyck's oil painting portrait of woman in blue dress, golden hair piece, holding bracelet

The Director looks ahead at the coming months and discusses an innovative education collaboration with the Ghetto Film School.

oil painting of portrait of cleric seated in red robe and white lace on his lap, holding paper in his hands

Van Dyck’s portrait of Cardinal Bentivoglio has left Italy, travelling to the U.S. for the first time, where it is on view at the Frick in the Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (March 2 through June 5, 2016). This great work is discussed by Xavier F. Salomon, who considers it among the most important loans to the exhibition (and his favorite work in the show).