Ian Wardropper

Welcome and opening remarks from Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection, and Inge Reist, Director, Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium Seen through the Collector's Lens: 150 Years of Photography presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, 2015.

May 16, 2014 WELCOME

Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection and Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library, introduce the two-day symposium The Americas Revealed, Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Cristian Neuber at the Saxon Court, May 30 through August 19, 2012
The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in America, Thursday and Friday, March 15 &16, 2012
Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court May 30, 2012 to August 19, 2012

Since antiquity, gemstones (also known as hard or semiprecious stones) have been cut and polished for use in jewelry, in the creation of vases and cups, and in the decoration of palaces. Rediscovered and developed in sixteenth-century Florence, pietra dura (hard stone) objects were collected and sometimes used as political propaganda among the Medici. A sign of wealth, taste, and power, they were also offered as diplomatic gifts or acquired by foreign sovereigns.