Permanent Collection Videos

This video was created in conjunction with the exhibition, Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting, on view at The Frick Collection from February 7 through May 13, 2012. 

 

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Anne L. Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, sits down with SundayArts’ Philippe de Montebello on the occasion of the collection’s 75th anniversary.

In the spring of 2010 Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert underwent an unprecedented technical study at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that incorporated infrared reflectography, X-radiography, surface examination, and paint analysis. The results, which are presented in this lecture by Charlotte Hale, expand our understanding of the evolution and history of this spectacular, enigmatic painting. This lecture was made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

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In Bellini’s great masterpiece, the traditional relationship of figure to setting has been reversed, thus engaging us in a way that transforms our experience of the picture and our understanding of the artist’s creative genius. Keith Christiansen will discuss the impetus behind this transformation and its implications for interpreting the picture’s much-discussed subject. This lecture was made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

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The Portrait of Philip IV by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) returned recently from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, having been cleaned for the first time in more than sixty years. The treatment by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, revealed the dazzling original surface that had been veiled by a yellowing varnish.
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Joanna Sheers discusses Whistler's "Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

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Curator Emeritus Edgar Munhall discusses Whistler’s "Arrangement in Black and Gold, Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

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Joanna Sheers discusses Whistler’s "Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink, Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

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Joanna Sheers discusses Whistler's Symphony in Grey and Green, The Ocean from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

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The intriguing story behind the commission, rejection, and rehousing of Fragonard’s paintings is brought to life by Colin B. Bailey, former Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick (now Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) in an updated video produced in 2013 (click here for that video). Bailey leads viewers through the narrative of the Progress of Love, revealing the rich meanings imbedded in Fragonard’s paintings while also illuminating the artist’s exquisite technique. 

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