Past Exhibitions: 2000

The Draftsman's Art: Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland

December 12, 2000 to February 25, 2001

A survey of five centuries of draftsmanship by Italian, Flemish, Dutch, British, French, and German artists, this exhibition brought together seventy-three works on paper culled from the National Gallery of Scotland's premier collection of some fourteen thousand sheets. Spanning the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, The Draftsman's Art included examples by masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, Rubens, Boucher, Blake, Ingres, and Seurat. Guest Curator Michael Clarke's selection featured drawings little known in the United States, providing a rare viewing opportunity.

Raeburn's The Rev. Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, from the National Gallery of Scotland

December 5, 2000 to February 4, 2001

In another of its ongoing series of single-picture exhibitions, The Frick Collection presented Raeburn's celebrated skating minister on loan from the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Completed by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) around 1784, this image of the Rev. Robert Walker — minister of the Canongate Kirk and an avid member of the Skating Society — is one of the Gallery's most beloved works.

A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches

September 12, 2000 to October 12, 2000

This exhibition consisted of approximately sixty landscape oil sketches from the collection of the art historians John and Charlotte Gere. Dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, these small, rapidly-executed sketches on paper, panel, or canvas were painted outdoors by artists across Europe to sharpen their skills of perception and execution; they were rarely intended for public exhibition.

Mantegna's Descent into Limbo, from the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection

September 8, 2000 to July 8, 2002

Andrea Mantegna (1431–1506) painted this small panel during the height of the Italian Renaissance, using detailed, emotion-filled images to depict the moment when Christ appears to the souls in Limbo. The original work was created for Marchese Lodovico Gonzaga in June of 1468. Because it was so highly regarded, several other versions were made, including this smaller one, which was probably done for Ferdinando Carlo, the last Duke of Mantua, around 1470–75. Lent through the generosity of the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection, it was on view in the Enamels Room.

Six Paintings from the Former Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney on Loan from the Greentree Foundation

July 25, 2000 to April 21, 2002

The Greentree Foundation generously lent to The Frick Collection for a period of one year six master paintings from the former collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney. The group included Corot's Cottage and Mill by a Torrent (Morvan or Auvergne), 1831; Manet's Racecourse at the Bois de Boulogne, 1872; Degas' Before the Race, 1882-88, and Landscape with Mounted Horsemen, c. 1892; Picasso's Boy with a Pipe, 1905; and Redon's Flowers in a Green Vase, c. 1910.

Michelangelo to Picasso: Master Drawings from the Collection of the Albertina, Vienna

April 18, 2000 to June 18, 2000

This major spring exhibition featured masterpieces on paper selected not only to demonstrate the superb holdings of this illustrious Austrian institution, but to chronicle the major assets acquired during the tenure of each of its directors. Works by Rembrandt and Dürer were featured as well as twentieth-century masters acquired by the present regime.

Henry Clay Frick as a Collector of Drawings

December 14, 1999 to January 30, 2000

Marking the 150th Anniversary of the birthday of founder Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), this small exhibition drew attention to a lesser-known aspect of the broad collecting interests of the museum's founder. Ten drawings that Mr. Frick acquired between 1913 and 1916 — including examples in various media by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Daniel Gardner, and James McNeill Whistler — were on view in the Cabinet Gallery in the museum's first floor, along with related documents and photographs. Though Mr.

Velázquez in New York Museums

November 16, 1999 to January 30, 2000

To mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), The Frick Collection brought together for the first time six of the Spanish master’s portraits belonging to public collections in New York.

Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750

October 20, 1999 to January 9, 2000

This comprehensive survey of drawings by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) and some of his leading contemporaries included more than sixty-five drawings lent from public and private collections in North America. A core of some thirty-five drawings by Watteau himself demonstated the evolution and range of his graphic art, with examples of all the signficant subjects that he drew and all the genres and graphic media in which he worked.