Masterpieces at The Frick Collection

Art Privee
Jan 10, 2014 2:17AM

Don’t be daunted by the long lines around the Frick Collection to see the treasures inside. On view are Girl With the Pearl Earring (circa 1665) by Johannes Vermeer and Carel Fabritius’s exquisite Goldfinch (1654). These works and thirteen other masterpieces are from Mauritshuis, The Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague which is being renovated. Painted in the 17th century, the Golden Age of Dutch culture, these works are on an international tour while construction is completed on the Mauritshuis. 

Other artists represented in this extraordinary exhibit are Frans HalsRembrandt van RijnJan SteenAdriaen CoortePieter ClaeszNicolaes Maes, and Gerard ter Borch.

Plan to spend at least an hour or more marveling at these masterpieces and give yourself time to wander through the rest of the Frick Museum encountering other masterpieces that Frick assembled. It will be a memorable art experience—but hurry because the show closes on January 19th. 

About the Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is housed in the former residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is one of the “Gilded Age” mansions that is open to the public.

The collection is known for its Old Master Paintings, European sculpture and decorative arts. Artists represented in the Frick Collection, which opened as a museum in 1935, are BelliniRembrandtVermeer,GainsboroughGoya, and Whistler. If you cannot see this special exhibition, you can go to the Frick’s extraordinary website that shows the exhibition virtually. Access their “Checklist” and there is a picture of each painting with an audio explanation. It is fantastic. 

Touring Tips

• You do not have to wait in line if you are willing to join the museum—$75.00 for individual membership and $120.00 for dual membership. Walk into the front of the museum and sign up. Very easy. 

• Use the audio-guide which is excellent not only for this traveling exhibition but for the works throughout the museum.

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