The Frick Museum and Library

The Frick, now a museum, was the private home of one of the wealthiest men of the 19th century. It has been kept perfectly in tact and provides an ambient setting to enjoy the masterworks that were his private collection. Unique to the Frick is the excellence of every work on display. He collected pieces that represent the best of five centuries of artists. 

Masterpieces of Western Art
Ranging from the 15th to the 19th century, the small to the grand, the Frick museum houses works of art that offer even more than the beauty, skill, and artistry for which they are so appreciated. These works, whether through allegory, compositional tension, enigmatic detail, the pathos of the subject, or the pomp of their surroundings, open up larger themes, concepts, ideas, and conversations and benefit from longer and closer looking. Watteau, Van Dyck, Fragonard, Turner, Bellini, Holbein, and many other famed artists will be deeply delved into on this exploration.
Frollicking, Flirting and Falling in Love
There are many elegant and amorous spaces in the Frick filled with art that depicts people enjoying themselves. From lust-filled chases to yearning lovers, naked putti to beautiful women, this exploration revels in the sense of abundance, joy, and the fluffy, frothsome delights, mysterious looks, and perilous exploits of love, flirtation, and the pleasures of life.
** a fun tour around Valentine's Day  

Style Makers and History Changers

There are several works in the Frick collection that depict people who in their own way changed the world around them. Whether they be a saint or a king, a cleric or a fashion icon, a writer or a mistress, they had bold and unique personalities, gifts, and tastes that made others look to them, admire them, fear them, or emulate them. This exploration looks closely at the subjects and how they were portrayed, as we draw our conclusions and guess at the artist's own thoughts. 

Making an American Home and Collection
(if you are very very rich) 
So much can be divined of a man by perusing his books, his paintings, his hallways, his study. This exploration looks more closely at the rooms themsleves and how the art was fitted for the function of each. We consider the goals and theories of art collecting in the 19th century and what and who informed it. By discussing the public and private spaces in the home, his personal taste, and his means of collecting, we can learn so much about the man himself and what it is to be a collector. 

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