Ellen Prokop

Ellen Prokop is the Associate Head of Research at the Frick Art Reference Library. For more information, see her biography.

A St. Ursula by Valentin de Boulogne?

A half-length painting of a young woman wearing a crown and holding an arrow and a standard.

A painting of St. Ursula originally attributed to Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) is more likely a work by another Caravaggesque master, the French artist known as Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632).

The Future of Photoarchives

Group portrait of twenty-four people standing in a garden.

In late January 2013, the representatives of fourteen photoarchives based in Europe and the United States met for two days to discuss future plans for their collections.

St. Lawrence Recovered

Standing young man holding a cross and a book and facing left.

The Photoarchive allows researchers to trace the history of a work of art; the image of St. Lawrence by Niccolò di Buonaccorso of Siena reproduced at left offers an instructive example of this crucial aspect of our collection.

Forgotten Folk Songs

Long, triangular abstract painting with texts.

In 1932 Juliana Force, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, commissioned Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975) to create a series of eight murals for the library of the museum. While six panels from this series survive, two ceiling panels are unlocated. It is feared that they have been destroyed.

The Parthenon in 1667

Drawing of a cityscape with fortifications and a temple on a hill at right.

This detailed sketch, based on George Wheeler’s topographical drawing of 1667, documents the appearance of the Parthenon just a few years before Venetian forces shelled the Acropolis during the Republic’s struggle to take the city from the Ottomans in 1687.

Drawing Lost in Spanish Civil War

Drawing of a woman supported by small children with wings being crowned by two men.

This stunning pen and wash drawing of the Coronation of the Virgin signed by the seventeenth-century Spanish master Francisco Herrera the Younger (called "el Mozo") was part of a valuable collection of drawings housed in the Real Instituto de Jovellanos in Gijón, Spain, that was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

Ellen Prokop: "The Father of Modern Painting? El Greco's Critical Fortunes"

Link to video of Ellen Prokop lecture

Ellen Prokop, Associate Photoatchivist at The Frick Art Reference Library, presents her lecture, "The Father of Modern Painting? El Greco's Critical Fortunes," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

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