Spanish-Themed Fall Features a Keenly Anticipated Examination of Velázquez’s portrait of Philip IV

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The King at War: Velázquez’s Portrait of Philip IV, October 26 2010 through January 23, 2011

Since its acquisition by Henry Clay Frick in February 1911, Velázquez’s portrait of Philip IV of Spain has been a centerpiece of the collection and the standard by which other portraits by this artist are measured. Although the work has always been rightly admired for its good condition, layers of protective varnish discolored over the years,diminishing the splendid surface effects. In the summer of 2009 the portrait was sent for treatment to Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in charge of paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at which time the first technical studies of the work were also undertaken.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010