Past Exhibition: El Greco

El Greco: Themes and Variations
May 15, 2001 to July 29, 2001
Painting of portrait of St. Jerome seated with book on table; has long grey beard and wears red cardinal's robes

The Frick Collection's St. Jerome and Purification of the Temple comprised the core of this special exhibition, which was shown in the Oval Room. Together with five loan paintings — all replicas or versions of the two Frick canvases — these works revealed different aspects of the master's recycling of his own compositions. Although El Greco was a highly original painter, he frequently made replicas or related versions of his works, at a time when few if any other major artists did so. This exhibition, organized by The Frick Collection with guest curator Jonathan Brown, provided viewers with the rare opportunity to explore two instances of this unusual practice. Accompanied by a booklet written by Dr. Brown and Susan Grace Galassi.

The exhibition was made possible through the support of Melvin R. Seiden, Lladró USA Inc., and the Fellows of The Frick Collection.

El Greco, St. Jerome, 1590–1600, oil on canvas, The Frick Collection.

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