The Frick Collection
Peter Paul Rubens, The Holy Women at the Sepulchre Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Birth of Saint John the Baptist Francisco de Zurbarán, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte), The Flight into Egypt Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, Aldrovandi Dog
The West Gallery of The Frick Collection
Special Exhibition

Jacopo Bassano
The Flight into Egypt
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Holy Women at the Sepulchre
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino
Aldrovandi Dog
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Francisco de Zurbarán
Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum
February 10 through May 10, 2009

  Francisco de Zurbar?n, 1598-1664, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, oil on canvas, 62.2 x 109.5 cm, The Norton Simon Foundation

Francisco de Zurbarán, 1598-1664, Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, oil on canvas, 62.2 x 109.5 cm, The Norton Simon Foundation

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The Frick Collection is pleased to present a selection of five masterpieces of European painting from the highly acclaimed Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The exhibition, on view in the Oval Room from February 10 through May 10, 2009, will afford New York and East Coast audiences the occasion to see superb masterworks from the collections of the Norton Simon Art Foundation and The Norton Simon Foundation, a very special opportunity as both institutions generally do not allow their works to travel. The five featured paintings are Jacopo Bassano’s (Jacopo da Ponte, 1510–1592) Flight into Egypt, c. 1544–45; Peter Paul Rubens’ (1577–1640) Holy Women at the Sepulchre, c. 1611–14; Guercino’s (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, 1591–1666) Aldrovandi Dog, c. 1625; Francisco de Zurbarán’s (1598–1664) Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633; and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s (1617–1682) Birth of Saint John the Baptist, c. 1660. None of these artists is represented in the Frick’s collection, and the outstanding quality of each of these Old Master paintings makes them well suited to be viewed in the company of the Frick’s works.

The project is organized by Colin B. Bailey, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection, and Carol Togneri, Chief Curator of the Norton Simon Museum, with Margaret Iacono, Assistant Curator of the Frick. This exhibition marks the beginning of a series of reciprocal loan exchanges between the two institutions.

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum follows in the Frick tradition of presenting important Old Master paintings from American institutions that are less accessible to the New York public. Previous projects in this series have been: Masterpieces from The Cleveland Museum of Art (November 2006–January 2007); Masterworks from The Toledo Museum of Art (October 2002–January 5, 2003), and In Pursuit of Quality: 25 Years of Collecting Old Masters, Paintings from The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (November 1989–January 1990).

Norton Simon (1907–1993) was a pioneering entrepreneur whose enormous wealth derived from numerous business ventures ranging from the creation of a sheet metal distribution company and the triumphant revival of Hunt Foods, Inc. to the eventual formation of Norton Simon Inc., a multiindustry conglomerate that included Hunt-Wesson Foods, McCall’s Publishing, Max Factor cosmetics, and Avis Car Rental. Simon’s focus turned to art in the 1950s, and in the same intelligent and strategic manner employed to forge his business empire he amassed an art collection of great renown. Like museum collection of Henry Clay Frick, whom Simon admired enormously and whose museum was used as a model for his own, Simon’s evolved as his tastes did. His first acquisitions were Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by such recognized masters as Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cézanne. In the 1960s he began acquiring Old Masters and Modern works, choosing to sell many of his acclaimed French Impressionist paintings at the decade’s close; in the 1970s Simon’s appreciation for Indian and Southeast Asian art emerged and was reflected in his burgeoning collection. Today the Norton Simon collections consist of Western and Asian art spanning more than 2,000 years and contain paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with an essay by Sara Campbell, Senior Curator, the Norton Simon Museum, as well as in-depth catalogue entries by Margaret Iacono, Assistant Curator, The Frick Collection. The softcover publication is available in the Museum Shop of the Frick, and by phone 212-288-0700.

Principal funding for Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum  is provided by Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Colin B. Bailey. Major corporate support is provided by Fiduciary Trust Company International. Additional support is generously provided by the Thaw Charitable Trust and Mr. and Mrs. John P. Birkelund. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.