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The Frick Collection


The Frick Museum in New York City is one of the world's great small collections. It was founded by Henry Clay Frick, a major steel and railroad tycoon of the late 19th and early 20th century. There is an excellent Web-site for the Frick. I want to explore the collection as a conscious construction of Frick himself. There is a separate page at the Frick site for the history of the collection.

To give our discussion more focus, I want to explore one room: the West Gallery. This is the focal point of the whole collection, and is one of the great rooms in any western museum. As you explore the Frick site, compare it to the different constructs of collections we explored off of the Institutional Frames page. If you take the time to download some special Ipix software you will be able to take a virtual tour of the gallery. Rather than see the collection as a group of separate works, see it as the creation of a specific collector at a specific historical moment. Try to do an ideological reading of Frick and his collection.

Notice how the Web site gives special emphasis to Rembrandt's Self Portrait of 1658 by giving an audio discussion of the work by the director. Listen to this presentation carefully. The voice of the director reflects traditional Art History. What is being given emphasis?

When you review the Frick, you might consider the implications of the following image by the contemporary artist, Barbara Kruger:


 Barbara Kruger,Untitled (You Invest in the Divinity of the Masterpiece) , 1982.


The following is a schematic version of the West Gallery with some of the works deleted:





 El Greco, Portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi, c. 1571-1576. Spanish

 Goya, The Forge, c. 1815-1820 Spanish



 Velazquez, King Philip IV, 1644 Spanish

Giovanni Bologna, Nessus and Deianira, Italian 

 Corot, The Lake, 1861 French



 Rembrandt, Self Portrait, 1658 Dutch

 Anthony Van Dyck, Frans Snyder, c. 1620 Flemish



 Aelbert Cuyp, Dordrecht: Sunrise, c. 1650 Dutch

 Jacob Van Ruisdael, Landscape with a Footbridge, 1652 Dutch


 Rembrandt, Nicolaes Ruts, 1631 Dutch

 Anthony Van Dyck, Margareta Snyders, c. 1620 Flemish



 Turner, Cologne: Arrival of a Packet Boat: Evening, 1826. English

 Turner, The Harbor of Dieppe, 182[6?] English



 Georges de la Tour, Education of the Virgin, c. 1650 French

 Frans Hals,Portrait of an Elderly Man, 1627-30 Dutch



 Rembrandt, Polish Rider, c. 1655 Dutch

 Constable,The White Horse, 1819 English




 Michelangelo -after, Samson and Two Philistines, Italian

 Herbert Gerhard, Triton and Nereid, German


 Gerard David, Deposition, c. 1510-1515 Flemish

 Bronzino, Ludovico Capponi, c. 1550-1555 Italian



 Veronese, Allegory of Wisdom and Strength, c. 1580 Italian

 Veronese, Allegory of Virtua and Vice (Choice of Hercules), c. 1580 Italian

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