Extended through November 23, 2008
Particularly beloved among the paintings at The Frick Collection are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632– 1675), Officer and Laughing Girl (left), Mistress and Maid (center), and Girl Interrupted at Her Music (right). These rare canvases
were purchased by Henry Clay Frick before his death in 1919. This summer, the
institution offers visitors their first opportunity in nearly ten years to
examine the paintings together on one wall beginning on June 3, 2008.
Their presentation in the
South Hall is accompanied by a panel that traces Frick’s interest in
the artist and places him in the context of other early American
collectors of Vermeer’s work. An education program involving Colin B.
Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, is planned
for September. The summer Members’ Magazine features an illuminating
essay on the market for Vermeer’s paintings, written by Esmée Quodbach ("The Sphinx of Delft": Rediscovering Vermeer at The Frick Collection is also available online). Quodbach is the Assistant to the Director of the Center for the History of
Collecting in America.