Past Exhibitions

  • Canova's George Washington

    May 23, 2018 to September 23, 2018

    Canova’s George Washington examined the history of acclaimed sculptor Antonio Canova's lost masterpiece, a full-length statue of George Washington depicted in ancient Roman garb, drafting his farewell address to the states. The exhibition brings together Canova’s full-sized preparatory plaster model (which had never left Italy), four preparatory sketches for the sculpture, and related engravings and drawings, as well as Thomas Lawrence’s 1816 oil portrait of... read more »

  • Zurbarán's Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle

    January 31, 2018 to April 22, 2018

    In collaboration with the Meadows Museum, Dallas, and the Auckland Castle Trust, County Durham, England, The Frick Collection co-organized an exhibition of Jacob and His Twelve Sons, an ambitious series of thirteen life-size paintings that depict the Old Testament figures. On loan from Auckland Castle, the works by the Spanish Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán had never traveled to the United States before they were presented at the Meadows Museum in the fall of 2017.

  • Murillo: The Self-Portraits

    November 1, 2017 to February 11, 2018

    Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was one of the finest painters of the Spanish Golden Age; this exhibition brought together the only two known self-portraits by him, one in The Frick Collection, and one in the National Gallery, London, along with a small selection of additional works by the artist.

  • Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored

    October 24, 2017 to March 25, 2018

    The Frick Collection presented Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored, a focused exhibition, organized by Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, on two recently conserved and rarely seen paintings by the celebrated artist Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), St. Jerome in the Wilderness and St. Agatha Visited in Prison by St. Peter. While the paintings are known to scholars, their remote location in a church in Murano... read more »

  • Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection

    June 8, 2017 to August 12, 2018

    This year-long installation in the Portico Gallery was inspired by the generous gift of fourteen pieces of Du Paquier porcelain given to the Frick in 2016 by Paul Sullivan and Trustee Melinda Martin Sullivan. Although in operation for only twenty-five years, the Du Paquier manufactory left an impressive body of inventive and often whimsical work, forging a distinct identity in the history of European porcelain production. The exhibition featured about forty tureens, drinking vessels,... read more »

  • Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels

    May 26, 2017 to August 20, 2017

    On loan from a private collection, Rembrandt's Abraham Entertaining the Angels of 1646 was the centerpiece of a small exhibition dedicated to the artist's depictions of Abraham and his various encounters with God and his angels, as recounted in the book of Genesis. In the painting and in the other works included in the show — a tightly focused selection of prints and drawings and a single copper plate — Rembrandt explored, in different media, the nature of divine presence and... read more »

  • The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals

    May 9, 2017 to September 10, 2017

    Celebrating the largest acquisition in the Frick’s history, a gift of approximately 450 portrait medals from the incomparable collection of Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher, the exhibition explored one of the most important artistic inventions of the Renaissance. The selection showcased superlative examples by masters of the medium — many of whom were also celebrated painters, sculptors, and printmakers — from Pisanello in the Italian Renaissance to Pierre-Jean... read more »

  • Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time

    February 23, 2017 to May 14, 2017

    Joseph Mallord William Turner, Britain’s greatest land- and seascape painter of the nineteenth century, explored the theme of the port throughout his career. This exhibition centers around the Frick’s Harbor of Dieppe and Cologne, uniting them with a closely related yet unfinished work from Tate, London, that depicts the harbor of Brest, in Brittany. The trio was accompanied by more than thirty of Turner’s oil paintings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and... read more »

  • Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court

    November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017

    The Frick Collection presented the first exhibition on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition shed new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of twenty-two objects from public and private collections. Attributed with certainty to Gouthière, these works include clocks, vases, firedogs, wall lights, and mounts for Chinese porcelain and... read more »

  • Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum

    October 25, 2016 to January 22, 2017

    Guido Cagnacci was one of the most eccentric painters of seventeenth-century Italy, infamous for the unconventionality of both his art and his lifestyle. Born in Romagna in 1601, he lived and worked in his native region as well as in Venice, concluding his career in imperial Vienna. His works, mostly religious in subject, are known for their unabashed, often unsettling eroticism, and his biography is no less intriguing.

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