Xavier F. Salomon

Xavier F. Salomon is the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, a post he assumed in January of 2014. More »

photo of Xavier F. Salomon giving lecture at The Frick Collection

Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, discusses one of the museum’s most important Venetian paintings: Titian’s portrait of his friend Pietro Aretino — a well-connected author, playwright, satirist, blackmailer, and libertine. Presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s upcoming festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, February 3–21, 2017

Link to video of Xavier Salomon Cagnacci lecture

Guido Cagnacci, whose Repentant Magdalene is the focus of the special exhibition, was one of the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy. This lecture tracks his turbulent life and career by following his footsteps from his native Romagna to Venice and finally to Vienna. While researching the exhibition, curator Xavier F. Salomon visited the cities where the painter lived and worked, and his talk provides a window into the artist’s fascinating world.

Link to video of Xavier Salomon lecture about Murillo

The Frick Collection’s masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, generously given by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II in 2014, is one of only two known self-portraits by the Spanish artist. Salomon explores the fascinating history of the painting, relating it to Murillo’s other portraits and to his career.

Link to video of Xavier Salomon lecture about El Greco

Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, presents his lecture, "Henry Clay Frick and El Greco," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Link to video of Xavier Salomon discussing paintings by Veronese in The Frick Collection

Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, discusses two paintings by Paolo Veronese. Purchased by Henry Clay Frick in 1912, they can still be found in their original location in the West Gallery, where they have been installed since the house was built.

Painting of man in white garb stretching between two women in dresses

Veronese’s Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice

April 11, 2006 to July 16, 2006

The art of Paolo Veronese (1528–1588) is inextricably linked to the idea of opulence and splendor in Renaissance Venice. His paintings are grandiose visions of the richness and spectacle of sixteenth-century Venetian life. Crowded compositions with theatrical effects, in which groups of sumptuously dressed people re-enact religious and secular events, have become synonymous with Veronese’s oeuvre, and his dazzling and effective use of color has been praised and celebrated over the centuries.

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