Ian Wardropper

Fall 2015

book cover of Limoges Enamels at The Frick Collection with male with long mustache and hat on blue background

In 1916, Henry Clay Frick converted his private office at his home on Fifth Avenue into a gallery for the collection of Limoges enamels that he had purchased from the estate of J. Pierpont Morgan for the then-staggering sum of $1,157,500. What was so compelling about these delicate, jewel-like objects that Frick paid such a high price and was willing to sacrifice his sanctuary for their display?

Past Exhibition: Johann Christian Neuber

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Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court
May 30, 2012 to August 19, 2012

Since antiquity, gemstones (also known as hard or semiprecious stones) have been cut and polished for use in jewelry, in the creation of vases and cups, and in the decoration of palaces. Rediscovered and developed in sixteenth-century Florence, pietra dura (hard stone) objects were collected and sometimes used as political propaganda among the Medici. A sign of wealth, taste, and power, they were also offered as diplomatic gifts or acquired by foreign sovereigns.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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Collecting the Uncollectible: Earth and Site-Specific Sculpture was a symposium presented by The Frick Art Reference Library's Center for the History of Collecting on May 23, 2019 at The Frick Collection, New York.

The symposium was made possible through the generous support of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation and Northern Trust.

Welcoming Remarks, Ian Wardropper and Louisa Wood Ruby

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April 12, 2019. Ian Wardropper and Louisa Wood Ruby present opening remarks for the two-day symposium 'When Michelangelo Was Modern: The Art Market and Collecting in Italy, 1450–1650' presented at The Frick Collection by the Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Ian Wardropper, Robert Wellington, and Aimee Ng

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Welcome and opening remarks from Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection; Robert Wellington, Lecturer at the Australian National University; and Aimee Ng, Associate Curator at The Frick Collection. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium Full Circle: The Medal in Art History, presented by The Frick Collection in honor of Stephen K. Scher on Friday, September 8, 2017.

James Fenton in conversation with Ian Wardropper

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James Fenton in conversation with Ian Wardropper, Collecting Sculpture for Private and Public Collections during the Late Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries on Saturday, May 20, 2017. This lecture is part of the symposium Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600–2000 presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, May 19–20, 2017. 

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Ian Wardropper and Inge Reist

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Welcome and opening remarks from Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection, and Inge Reist, Director, Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600–2000 presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, May 19–20, 2017.

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Ian Wardropper and Inge Reist

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Welcome and opening remarks from Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection, and Inge Reist, Director, Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium Made in the USA: Collecting American Art during the Long Nineteenth Century presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, March 3–4, 2017.

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