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Staff Favorites: A Painter, Painted

Oil painting of a bearded man wearing black with lace collar and cuffs
Mikhail Shklyarevsky, Acquisitions Assistant, Frick Art Reference Library, observes that the stern countenance of the sitter in Van Dyck’s portrait of Frans Snyders is the look of a person who has gained wisdom through hardship.

Cocktails with a Curator: Van Dyck's 'Sir John Suckling'

screenshot of Xavier Salomon speaking alongside image of painting of man standing with book

In this episode of "Cocktails with a Curator," Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, tells us the story of Sir John Suckling, the subject of Anthony van Dyck's full-length portrait in The Frick Collection. Xavier has appropriately paired his story of art and literature with an English cocktail called Pink Gin.

Cocktail Recipe

Pink Gin
1 part Plymouth gin
1 dash of Angostura bitters
on ice

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Adam Eaker: "The American Van Dyck"

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Adam Eaker, Guest Curator, Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, The Frick Collection, and Assistant Curator of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York presents his lecture, "The American Van Dyck" on Friday, May 13, 2016. This lecture is part of the symposium 'America and the Art of Flanders: Collecting Paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Their Circles' presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, 2016.

Alejandro Vergara: “Van Dyck and the Problems of Youth”

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As an aspiring young artist, Anthony van Dyck possessed a precocious talent and a distinctive sense of style, yet he was forced to contend with the overpowering presence of Rubens, twenty-two years his senior and the dominating artistic force of Antwerp. This talk examines the ways in which Van Dyck’s ability to adapt and his will to be different shaped his early career.

Adam Eaker: “Sitting for Van Dyck"

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During the decade he spent in London, Anthony van Dyck became famous for his spectacular portrait sittings, which combined painting with music and food to produce an elaborate entertainment for his clientele. This lecture, presented by the co-curator of Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture explores Van Dyck’s public persona and his legacy for seventeenth-century English poetry and drama, paying special attention to works included in the exhibition.

Marcia Pointon: "Why Portraiture?"

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Marcia Pointon, Professor Emerita of History of Art, University of Manchester, presents her lecture "Why Portraiture?" at The Frick Collection. Discover the reasons why portraits have played such an important part in the history of western art since antiquity, and consider the role they have in shaping how individuals and societies see themselves.

Stijn Alsteens: "Drawing for Portraits"

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Stijn Alsteens, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents his lecture "Drawing for Portraits" at The Frick Collection. Artists make portrait drawings in preparation for paintings, sculptures, and prints, but also as independent works. This lecture, presented by the co-curator of Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, explores the ways in which Van Dyck and other artists employed such drawings and what we can learn about the working methods of their authors.

Van Dyck, The Anatomy of Portraiture

two oil portraits by Van Dyck, one of a man and another of a woman, both wearing black

An introductory video for the exhibition Van Dyck, The Anatomy of Portraiture, on view at The Frick Collection from March 2 through June 5, 2016.