Van Dyck show at the Frick

June 5 2015

Image of Van Dyck show at the Frick

Picture: New York Times/Frick Collection

Well, regular readers will know how excited I am about this - a new exhibition on Van Dyck at the Frick show. Apparently it will contain 'about 100 works' - wowee. Here's what the New York Times has to say about the exhibition, which was announced today:

Featuring about 100 works, it will be the first major show in the United States on this 17th-century Flemish painter since a 1990 exhibition by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the most comprehensive examination of his creative process as a portraitist, the Frick says. The exhibition will juxtapose preparatory drawings alongside prints and paintings, some of which remain unfinished.

The show covers the span of van Dyck’s career, including his early works, when, as a teenage prodigy, he was influenced by Peter Paul Rubens; his Italian period; and finally the English years, when he flourished at the court of King Charles I. It is organized by Stijn Alsteens, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Adam Eaker, a Frick curatorial fellow.

“We all felt it made sense to focus on an artist that we had never really focused on here at the Frick, surprisingly so since we have so many of his paintings,” said Xavier F. Salomon, chief curator at the Frick.

A prolific artist and a favorite for collectors during the Gilded Age, van Dyck (1599-1641) is among the best represented in the Frick’s collection — it has eight — but many works have been in storage for years. The Frick will bring out six of its best for the show, including the masterpiece portraits of the animal painter Frans Snyders and his wife, Margareta de Vos, and “Portrait of a Genoese Noblewoman,” which is currently being cleaned at the Met.

The remainder will come from loans, including possibly the star of the show, “Portrait of Cardinal Guido Bentivoglio,” arriving for the first time from the Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

The exhibition will be from March 2nd to June 5th. See you there!

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