Van Dyck preview at the Frick

October 26 2015

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Picture: Frick

Excitement is building here at AHN towers ahead of the new Van Dyck portrait exhibition at the Frick, which opens March 2nd 2016. To give us an idea of what to expect, the Frick has brought some of its Van Dyck portraits out of storage, and hung them together:

A new installation in the Frick’s East Gallery is intended to evoke a British country house in its juxtaposition of painting, sculpture, and furniture. Among the highlights of the installation are three portraits of English sitters by Anthony van Dyck that have been in storage for several years*: Sir John Suckling; Lady Anne Carey, Later Viscountess Claneboye and Countess of Clanbrassil; andLord and Lady Strange, Later Earl and Countess of Derby, with Their Daughter. The return of these paintings to the galleries offers visitors a preview of next year’s special exhibition Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (March 2 through June 5, 2016), which will place six of the Frick’s eight portraits by the artist in the context of more than ninety paintings, prints, and drawings from public and private collections around the world. The presentation has provided the occasion for renewed research into the Frick’s holdings by the artist, whose works were particularly sought after by Gilded Age collectors, including Henry Clay Frick.

More here.

* Great works by Van Dycks in storage, for 'several years'? Don't get me started... 

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