Exhibit Information

Frick Collection

Address 1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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Phone Number 212-288-0700

Website http://www.frick.org

REMBRANDT & HIS SCHOOL

Opening: 15 FEBRUARY 2011 - Closing: 15 MARY 2011

REMBRANDT & HIS SCHOOL: Masterworks from the Frick & the Lugt Collections

 

Among the many Masterpieces in the Frick-Collection, Henry Clay Frick’s Rembrandts have always stood-out. Now, they are even more prominent, shown together in the Oval-Gallery.

 

The Self-Portrait is one of the best-known Rembrandt-Images, but The Polish Rider & the Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts are also widely admired.

 

This impressive Trio is enhanced by Frick’s Portrait of a Young Artist & Old Woman with a Book.

 

Although some had believed these also to be by Rembrandt van Rijn, the Old Woman is now ascribed to Carel van der Pluym, with the Young Artist anonymously credited to a "Follower of Rembrandt.”

 

"School of Rembrandt” is also a good Pigeon-Hole for luminous Period-Paintings that may look very much like Rembrandts, but do not quite make the grade.

 

[Viewing the current Rembrandt-Exhibition on Valentine’s Day at the Frick, I was frowned-upon when I innocently asked: "How much did Tuition cost in the School of Rembrandt?”]

 

The great canvases almost overwhelm, but the small-scale pen-&-ink studies in the Lower-Galleries are impressive in their own right.

 

One of my favorites is The Martyrdom of a Woman. This small brown-ink sketch is like an explosion of bold slashes of Rembrandt’s pen. Four heads can be seen, beside & above the angry broad strokes of brown ink.

 

These slashes suggest Furious-Activity below the Onlookers, but it is impossible to see the Female-Victim with any clarity.

 

It could be imagined that Rembrandt suddenly changed his mind about depicting this Violent-Crime & crossed it out with those heavy brown strokes…

 

What makes this show so special is that it also offers Rembrandt-Studies from the Frits Lugt Collection, Fondation Custodia, Paris. This is a remarkable Archive, not only of Rembrandt sketches, but also of works of some of his outstanding students & contemporaries.

 

See how they all use Light & Shadow for both Magical & Realistic effects…

 

If you cannot come to New York for this exhibition, you will surely want to have the Magnificent-Catalogue! Even more so, if you actually spend some time with these Master-Drawings & Masterepieces!

 

For the Record: Google now makes it possible for you to visit the Frick in the Privacy of Your Own Home!

 

Working with 17 International-Museums—including the Frick, MoMA, the Met, & the Freer, at the Smithsonian in DC—its Art-Project now makes it possible to Zoom-In on famed Masterpieces in Super-High-Resolution!

 

You can even have a Virtual-Museum-Tour!

 

Four-Hundred & Eighty-Six Notable-Artists are represented. Check this out at: googleartproject.com.
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