Photoarchive

A large room with fifty windows and a ceiling of exposed wooden rafters and beams.

The theme of this extensive fresco cycle—which is comprised of more than 300 scenes—is human life as regulated by the heavens.

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.

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.

screenshot of the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities site, with feature article about the Frick Library digitizing records

The NEH Division of Preservation and Access has published an online article about our two consecutive NEH projects to digitize the Frick Library negatives on its new website. Written by Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer, it is titled  "Is there a Portrait in Your Past? Frick Art Reference Library Records Go Online."

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 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. This rare photograph is one of the few surviving documents of this dynamic composition, which may have been an early "draft" of an altarpiece submitted for a patron's approval.

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