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  • Leighton, Whistler, and Aestheticism

    In 1877, James McNeill Whistler sued John Ruskin for libel. Earlier that year, the critic had accused the artist of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” in response to one of his pictures then on view at London’s newly established Grosvenor Gallery.

  • Spring/Summer 2015

    This summer, the Frick offers a variety of special exhibitions that I hope will prompt you to visit our galleries. Frederic Leighton’s striking Flaming June, from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, hangs in the Oval Room, the first time in thirty-five years that the painting has been shown in New York.

  • A Frenchman in Cairo

    Twenty-seven percent of the Frick Art Reference Library's book collection has no other library location in WorldCat. One recent addition to these "uniques" is Couronne d'amour: poemes by the cloisonnist painter, Emile Bernard (1868-1941). It was published in 1902 by the Imprimerie E.

  • Winter 2015

    The Frick Collection continues to offer an exceptional calendar of special exhibitions, concerts, events, and a wide variety of educational programs. The importance of education at The Frick Collection — indeed, at any museum — cannot be overstated.

  • A Masterpiece of Spanish Painting Enters the Collection

    When the art historian Jacob Burckhardt visited the Louvre in 1843, a self-portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo stood out amidst the superb Spanish works that made up the Galerie Espagnole, a magnificent collection assembled by King Louis-Philippe. Burckhardt wrote: “Murillo is still one of the greatest who ever lived. Here hangs his portrait (by his own hand).

  • Visualizing the Spanish Artists Dictionary

    Photoarchive intern Alexandra Provo and her collaborator Diana Sapanaro discuss their projects to use visualization technologies and Python scripts to make one of the Library's research tools, Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary, accessible to the public in new ways.

  • Intimate Sketches of New York

    One of the most popular series completed by the American illustrator Vernon Howe Bailey was his "Intimate Sketches of New York," which records the city during a period of dramatic growth — and change.

  • The Lost Bride

    Lost or destroyed paintings are perhaps the most painful reminder of the importance of photoarchives and similar repositories of images and accompanying metadata. An unfortunate example is this portrait of a young bride.

  • Analog Facial Recognition

    Beginning in 1925, Helen Clay Frick hired the Italian photographers Mario Sansoni and Oreste Nesti to traverse Italy documenting in situ sculptures, paintings, and frescoes that other firms such as Anderson, Alinari, and Brogi had neglected to capture. On several occasions, staff of the Frick Art Reference Library requested photography of objects specifically related to works in The Frick...

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  • Kress Foundation Grant for Image Analysis Toolkit

    The Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive recently received a $25,000 grant from the Kress Foundation to support the creation of a toolkit that will perform computer vision analysis on digitized art historical photo archives. This toolkit will be a groundbreaking application of technology that will transform the way photo archives are used.

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