Many of the Frick’s exhibitions offer a deeper understanding of the permanent collection by juxtaposing the museum’s paintings and sculptures with objects loaned by sister institutions or private collections, placing works of art in the context of an artist’s career or highlighting a particular aspect of his approach. Other shows explore the relationship of a specific artist to his contemporaries or, like the recent Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, demonstrate the role of preliminary studies in the creative process. Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, opening on March 2, does all of these things. The first major exhibition focusing on the Flemish artist to be held in the United States in more than twenty years, it reveals how the Frick’s Van Dyck paintings fit into his oeuvre. Comparison with works by Van Dyck’s mentor Peter Paul Rubens sheds light on his early training, while portraits made in Italy and England chart the artist’s international trajectory. Above all, the show will remind you why Van Dyck is considered one of the most brilliant portraitists of all time.
The exhibition — one of the most comprehensive the Frick has ever mounted — will be followed in July by a focused examination of a little-studied aspect of the great French eighteenth-century artist
To complement these exhibitions, we have created a range of educational programs for our diverse audience. In the coming months, you can hear the curators who organized the Van Dyck and Watteau exhibitions lecture about the drawings, etchings, and paintings on loan, as well as the works from the permanent collection that inspired the shows. Visiting scholars will present more focused, in-depth seminars while programs tailored specifically for middle school, high school, and college students will engage the next generation of art lovers.
We are especially excited by one of our newest educational programs, a collaboration with the Cinema School (TCS) in the South Bronx. Founded in 2009 by the nonprofit Ghetto Film School and the City of New York,
Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Mary, Lady van Dyck, née Ruthven, ca. 1640. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Jean-Antoine Watteau, The Portal of Valenciennes, 1709−10. Oil on canvas. The Frick Collection; purchased with funds from the bequest of Arthemise Redpath, 1991; photo: Michael Bodycomb
Honors students from The Cinema School at The Frick Collection; photo: Michael Bodycomb