Curatorial Blog

  • Rediscovering Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid: The Newest Book in the Frick’s Diptych Series

    Margaret Iacono, Associate Research Curator, writes about Vermeer’s Mistress and Maid, the second diptych in the Frick's ongoing series.

  • Bronze Statuette Offers a Preview of Next Year’s Fall Exhibition

    Alexander J. Noelle, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow, previews the 2019 exhibition dedicated to the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni. He discusses the artist’s statuette, Shield Bearer, which will be featured in the show, and is from the Frick’s permanent collection.

  • Recent Acquisition: Rare Vase by Luigi Valadier on View

    Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, previews the upcoming fall exhibition dedicated to the Roman Silversmith, Luigi Valadier. He discusses the Frick’s recent acquisition of a rare vase by the artist, which will be featured in the show.

  • Recent Acquisition: Portrait of a Lady

    Margaret Iacono, Associate Research Curator, writes about a lost marble bust of Frick Art Reference founder Helen Clay Frick, by American sculptor Malvina Cornell Hoffman. A plaster model of the bust, a recent gift to the museum, represents an intriguing episode in Frick family history and provides a welcome opportunity to recall the career of a fascinating artist.

  • “Lost” Murillo Portrait Joins Special Exhibition

    Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, writes about a painting believed to be a copy after a lost portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (and described as such in the catalogue of the current special exhibition), this portrait has very recently been restored and discovered to be the original. It will remain on view through the rest of the New York exhibition.

  • Special Loan: Vesuvius in the Shadow of Revolution

    Jenna Nugent, Assistant to the Chief Curator, writes on a loan by the French artist Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, which is currently on display in the North Hall. The landscape is one of only a few by Girodet executed during his time in Naples.

  • Heads and Tales: A Conversation with Stephen K. Scher

    Stephen K. Scher, the co- curator (along with Associate Curator Aimee Ng) of the special exhibition The Pursuit of Immortality, discusses his decades-long fascination of portrait medals.

  • Special Loan: On the Côte d’Opale, Picardy

    Xavier F. Salomon writes about a painting by Richard Parkes Bonington, currently on view in the North Hall. The loan depicts the coastal environs of northern France and complements the Frick’s exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time.

  • Extended Loan: Francesco Guardi’s View of the Villa Loredan at Paese

    Xavier F. Salomon reflects on a work by painter Francesco Guardi that is currently on long-term loan to the Frick and may be seen in the Ante Room.  While Guardi typically captured water views of his native city, this charming canvas depicts the garden of a Venetian palazzo.

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  • Portrait Medals from the Scher Collection Come to the Frick

    Associate Curator Aimee Ng discusses a major gift to The Frick Collection and how it dovetails beautifully with the museum’s holdings.