Media Alert: Frick Collection to Present First Exhibition in America on Piero della Francesca
Revered in his own time as a ‘monarch’ of painting, Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492) is acknowledged today as a founding figure of the Italian Renaissance. In early 2013, The Frick Collection will present the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to the artist. It brings together seven works by Piero della Francesca, including six panels from the Saint’ Agostino altarpiece — the largest number from this masterwork ever reassembled. They will be joined by the Virgin and Child Enthroned with Attendant Angels, his only intact altarpiece in this country. Piero della Francesca in America is organized by the Frick’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and guest curator Nathaniel Silver. The related catalogue will include essays by James Banker, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University; Machtelt Israëls, Guest Researcher, University of Amsterdam; and Elena Squillantini and Giacomo Guazzini, independent scholars. Exclusive to the Frick, where it will be shown in the Oval Room, this important exhibition will also be accompanied by a rich and varied schedule of lectures, gallery talks, and seminars. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Hester Diamond, and The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.