Curatorial Blog

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

Extended Loan: Francesco Guardi’s View of the Villa Loredan at Paese

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

Portrait Medals from the Scher Collection Come to the Frick

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

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

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).

photo of gallery with bench seating

Van Dyck Portraits Return to the Galleries

Monumental Works Offer a Preview of Next Year’s Exhibition

October 29, 2015

painting, Flaming June, of woman in repose in lush and vivid orange sheer garment

Leighton, Whistler, and Aestheticism

In 1877, James McNeill Whistler sued John Ruskin for libel. Earlier that year, the critic had accused the artist of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” in response to one of his pictures then on view at London’s newly established Grosvenor Gallery.

painting depicting man dressed in black with mustache in oval frame

A Masterpiece of Spanish Painting Enters the Collection

When the art historian Jacob Burckhardt visited the Louvre in 1843, a self-portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo stood out amidst the superb Spanish works that made up the Galerie Espagnole, a magnificent collection assembled by King Louis-Philippe. Burckhardt wrote: “Murillo is still one of the greatest who ever lived. Here hangs his portrait (by his own hand).


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