Denise Allen Joins Staff as Associate Curator of The Frick Collection

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The Frick Collection has appointed as Associate Curator Denise Allen, who took up the post this January.  Allen comes from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where she served as Associate Curator in the Paintings Department.  Her field of expertise is Renaissance painting and sculpture, for which the Frick 
has not had a dedicated curator since the retirement of Bernice Davidson in 1997.  Allen brings to the position a deep knowledge of the fine arts of this period, which will enhance the institution’s ability to present and interpret its early works in a variety of media—diverse holdings that include paintings by Duccio, Van Eyck, Bellini, Holbein, Bruegel, Titian, and Veronese as well as a remarkable collection of bronzes and marble busts, ornately carved Italian chests, and an impressive gathering of Limoges enamels.  Among Allen’s projects is the coordination for the Frick of a loan exhibition, Willem van Tetrode (c. 1525-1580): Bronze Sculptures of the Renaissance, organized by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.  On view this summer  in New York from June 24 through September 7, 2003, the exhibition is the first retrospective on this Northern Netherlandish sculptor.  She will also co-organize, with the National Gallery, London, a focus-presentation of The Flagellation of Christ, a panel in the Frick’s collection that has recently been reattributed to the profoundly influential thirteenth-century Italian artist Cimabue.