Media Alert: Spring 2011 Exhibition Considers Rembrandt through the Eyes of Two Collectors

etching of Rembrandt's self-portrait, circa 1658

When Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) was asked whose talents he would most like to possess, he declared: “Rembrandt’s.” And as the largest individual railway stockholder in the world, Frick is reported to have said that “railways are the Rembrandts of investment.” Like Frick, the Dutch art historian Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a great admirer and collector of works by the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669); as a teenager he wrote a biography of the artist, illustrated with his own copies after Rembrandt’s most famous works. In the spring of 2011 The Frick Collection will present a selection of Rembrandt’s works as seen through the eyes of these two renowned collectors, devoting three exhibition spaces (the Oval Room, the Cabinet, and the downstairs exhibition galleries) to the work of Rembrandt and his school.

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