Aimee Ng

Curator Aimee Ng is a Research Associate at The Frick Collection. More »


Past Exhibition: Schiava Turca

Painting of a half-length woman wearing a round headdress, big blue sleeves, and holding a white fan
The Poetry of Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca”
May 13, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Born in Parma and known as Parmigianino after his native city, Francesco Mazzola (1503–1540) lived only thirty-seven years, yet his eloquent, innovative art inspired his contemporaries to name him “Raphael reborn” and praise him as one of the greatest painters of his age. During his short life, Parmigianino was especially esteemed for his portraits. Today his Schiava Turca, an exquisite depiction of a young woman, is an icon in the city of Parma and admired as an expression of ideal female beauty in the tradition of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.

Where in the World? Cochineal

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Assistant Curator of Sculpture Giulio Dalvit joins Curator Aimee Ng to investigate the history of the vibrant red pigment in El Greco’s sixteenth-century painting of Saint Jerome. The pigment is derived from crushed cochineal insects, sourced from the Central and South American colonies then under the control of El Greco’s adopted Spain.

Living Histories: In Conversation with Doron Langberg

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Curator Aimee Ng sits down for a conversation with Doron Langberg, one of the four contemporary artists participating in Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters. Doron describes developing his artistic sensibility from a young age, finding his footing in New York City, and delving into the painterly language of the Old Masters from a queer perspective to produce his painting Lover—on view at Frick Madison adjacent to Hans Holbein the Younger’s Sir Thomas More into January 2022.

Where in the World? Gold

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In this episode of "Where in the World?," Curator Aimee Ng discusses the use of gold in a rare painting by Duccio. Signifying both a sacred realm and material riches, the precious metal has a history intertwined with trade, conquest, and colonization in West Africa and beyond.

Duccio's Temptation of Christ on the Mountain

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Where in the World? Mahogany

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In the inaugural episode of "Where in the World?," Curator Aimee Ng explores the history of mahogany, a material hidden beneath the surface of a Rembrandt portrait and sourced oceans away from the famed artist's homeland.

Rembrandt's Nicolaes Ruts

To learn more:

Lamb, Bruce F. Mahogany of Tropical America: Its Ecology and Management. Ann Arbor, 1996.

Anderson, Jennifer L. Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America. Cambridge, MA, 2012.

Cocktails with a Curator: David’s “Comtesse Daru”

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In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, savor the exquisite details of Comtesse Daru, the only painting in the Frick’s collection by renowned French neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David. Join Curator Aimee Ng as she delves into the history of how this lovely, intimate portrait came to be painted by an artist largely known for producing monumental works in the service of Napoleon. This week’s complementary cocktail, the Orange Blossom, is inspired by the orange-blossom tiara thatadorns the sitter's head.

Cocktails with a Curator: Manet's "Bullfight"

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In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Curator Aimee Ng explores the turbulent history behind Édouard Manet’s Bullfight, once part of a larger work that the artist exhibited at the Salon of 1864. The original canvas was derided and caricatured by critics, prompting Manet to cut it into pieces. The two surviving fragments were brought together for the first and only time during a 1999 exhibition at the Frick. This week’s complementary cocktail is, fittingly enough, the Toreador.