Thursday 19 November 2015


We are lucky to live near the Frick which is at 1, East 70th St and 5th opposite Central Park with a lovely small garden and magnolia trees in Spring. It is my husband's favourite museum.
 Wonderful pictures: Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and lots of Whistlers.  

Period setting and Small-ish compared to the rest of NY's galleries. Intimate, Quiet - mostly. This month is it's 80th B-day. 
The Frick doesn't really need 'special shows' - & the basement space is a bit cramped (they plan a small extension soon) but the current ANDREA DEL SARTO is, as usual with Frick, a gem.

50 gorgeous drawings are on show, red and black chalk figures, expressive heads, and compositional studies — and 3 beautiful related oil paintings in the oval room upstairs explore draughtsmanship's important role, offering an unprecedented display

From about 1515 until his death, Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) ran the most successful and productive workshop in Florence, leaving his native city richly decorated with his art. He was very influential. But -very surprisingly, he fell out of favour till the 1960s. 
sketch for oil below

Yet his work  represents the essence of Florentine High Renaissance creativity. The beauty of his drawings is well known to scholars and collectors; he is less known to the general public. This is his first major solo exhibition ever in the US (and the first in nearly 30 years anywhere. 
This is the wife! 
As an artist, Vasari wrote, he was “free from errors, and absolutely perfect in every respect.” But in life he was a loser, humble to a fault, devoted to a bossy wife and — most damning — a sloppy dresser! 
Assembled from the Getty Museum, Louvre, Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, National Gallery of Art, British Museum, & others.
Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, organized by The Frick Collection & the Getty, opened in Los Angeles in summer, prior to NYC.  There is a richly illustrated catalogue written by an international team of Renaissance scholars plus  a very useful short uTube link!


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