Cocktails with a Curator: Cimabue’s “Flagellation of Christ”

March 5, 2021

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon examines the only work by Cimabue in a public collection in the United States, a small panel depicting The Flagellation of Christ. Acquired by the Frick in 1950, the attribution of this work was a topic of debate until a sister panel was discovered in 2000, establishing that they once belonged to a larger ensemble by the 13th-century Florentine. (In 2019, a third fragment was discovered.) As a nod to the gold background, this week’s complementary cocktail is the Gold Rush, a drink invented in New York in the 1920s.

Cocktail Recipe

Gold Rush
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. honey syrup
3/4 oz. lemon juice
garnish with lemon peel

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


Honey and Citrus Fizz
Equal parts of blood orange, orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime juice
Honey syrup
Sparkling water


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