Cocktails with a Curator

Upcoming YouTube Episode(s)

Veneziano’s Coronation of the Virgin
Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator
Friday, May 7, 5:00 p.m.

Watch on YouTube

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, explore Paolo Veneziano’s Coronation of the Virgin with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon. This magnificent panel—the most important work by the 14th-century Venetian outside Europe—presents the Virgin and Christ in sumptuous garments and a choir of angels playing portable organs, lutes, trumpets, tambourines, and other instruments. At Frick Madison, the panel is displayed in a room dedicated to “gold grounds,” early Italian religious paintings that deploy precious materials to evoke the divine. In recognition of Veneziano's use of gold and silver, this week’s complementary cocktail is the Mint Julep, traditionally drunk in a silver cup.

tempera painting of Christ placing a crown on the head of the Virgin Mary surrounded by angels against a gold background


The Coronation of the Virgin

Cocktail Recipe

Mint Julep
2 oz. Bourbon
2 teaspoons of water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
4 crushed mint leaves
serve on ice and garnish with mint

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Mocktail

Mint Ginger
1/2 cup mint leaves
ginger ale
1 teaspoon of sugar
serve on ice


About the YouTube Series: Cocktails with a Curator

The Frick is concocting the perfect mix of cocktails and art. Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., join us for happy hour as a Frick curator (remotely) offers insights on a work of art with a complementary cocktail. Bring your own beverage to this virtual event.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Video recordings are available on our website, and YouTube.

"Cocktails with a Curator" Series Image: Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699–1779), Still Life with Plums (detail), ca. 1730. Oil on canvas (lined), 17 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (45.1 x 50.2 cm). The Frick Collection, New York.