November 4, 2014, through February 1, 2015
This year, a number of exhibitions and events around the world have commemorated the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, the extraordinary Greek artist who, after a brief period in Rome, spent most of his life in Spain. Toledo, the Spanish city in which he lived, has been at the forefront of the festivities, which began last spring with a major monographic exhibition at the Museo de Santa Cruz. Throughout the fall, a series of exhibitions in New York will also pay tribute to El Greco’s art. From August 5 through October 26, the Frick presents Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face, which pairs his celebrated portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi with a rarely seen Scipione Pulzone portrait of Jacopo Boncompagni. Beginning November 4, the Frick continues the 2014 focus on the artist with El Greco at The Frick Collection, uniting its three remarkable paintings—Purification of the Temple, St. Jerome, and the portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi—and showing them together for the first time. This installation, which will be on view in the East Gallery, is coordinated by the Frick’s Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, Xavier F. Salomon, and organized in conjunction with the exhibition El Greco in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will show all of the painter’s work from its collection together with that of the Hispanic Society of America.