Discoveries in Photoarchive

  • Reading List: Art, Astronomy, and the Arrival of Summer

    Happy first day of summer! Ralph Baylor, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Lead, offers a reading list on the history of astronomy in art from the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library, in celebration of the summer solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Reading List: Jewish American Heritage Month

    In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, discover a selection of recommended reads from the Frick Art Reference Library on Jewish artists, collectors, and scholars in North America. Books on the list explore themes such as the diasporic experience, assimilation and tradition, and the sacred and secular.
  • One Hundred Years at the Library: A Dedicated Staff

    In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Frick Art Reference Library, Sally Brazil, Barbara G. Fleischman Associate Chief Librarian for Archives and Records Management, looks back on the lifeblood of the library through the decades—its incredible staff. Discover photographs, scrapbooks, drawings, and archival materials documenting the contributions of generations of knowledgeable staff members, who have guided the library’s mission and growth over the past century. Objects featured in the post are part of the celebratory publication One Hundred Objects in the Frick Art Reference Library, available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
  • Reading List: Art and World War II

    In commemoration of the seventy-seventh anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, Michelle McCarthy-Behler, Reference Lead, offers ten titles from the Frick Art Reference Library exploring art during and after the Second World War—from paintings on the front lines to art used as propaganda, the Monuments Men, and later restitution efforts.
  • Reading List: World's Fairs

    In this month’s reading list from the Frick Art Reference Library, Eugenie Fortier, Acting Storage and Retrieval Lead, explores the 171-year tradition of World’s Fairs, to coincide with the current World Expo in Dubai. Recommended books delve into the fairs’ remarkable presentations of art, technology, and global culture.
  • Ars Longa: The Turbulent Fate of Raphael's Baronci Altarpiece

    Reproductions in the Frick’s Photoarchive allow us to piece together a full visual history of Raphael’s Baronci Altarpiece, the first recorded commission of the High Renaissance master. The altarpiece—today found only in fragments—sat peacefully for nearly three hundred years until a devastating earthquake and looting by Napoleon changed its fate permanently.
  • Reading List: The Olympics and Sports in Art

    In conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games and Super Bowl LVI happening this month, the Frick Art Reference Library tackles the world of sports in its latest recommended reading list. Discover titles surveying athletics in art history, arts at the Olympic Games, and depictions of individual sports.
  • Reading List: 2021 Library Acquisitions

    The Frick Art Reference Library’s collection is wide ranging—and constantly evolving. Mary Seem, Acquisitions Lead, offers a sample of the recent book acquisitions of the past year, which enrich and expand on a variety of fascinating topics represented in the library’s holdings.
  • Reading List: Halloween and the Supernatural

    Celebrate Halloween with a list of recommended reads from the Frick Art Reference Library! Available for consultation by appointment in the library’s reading room, these books explore scholarship on spooky themes associated with the holiday, from gothic horror to Surrealism, witches, and the supernatural.
  • Ars Longa: Documenting a Trove of Frescoes Nearly Lost to War

    The Camposanto complex in Pisa, Italy, housed some of the most significant fresco paintings from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries—until their near destruction during World War II. The Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive contains images from before the damage and prior to extensive restoration efforts, providing a window into a crucial period in the site’s long history.