Perspectives on the Frick: Fall Gallery Refurbishment

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photo of the Frick Collection gallery, including paintings and skylight

Visitors who love the Frick often believe that the permanent collection is unchanging and that the displays remain as they have been since the era when Henry Clay Frick and his family occupied the house. However, the museum’s program of exhibitions, loans, and gallery renovations quite often affect the permanent displays. Sometimes, these changes are so subtle they go unnoticed; at other times they transform the galleries as well as our understanding of the works of art presented there. A case in point was last summer’s refurbishment of the Living Hall, which prompted the two-week installation of its six Renaissance masterpieces in the Oval Room. The experience of seeing these paintings in a different context was deeply appreciated by visitors aware of the special opportunity.