Unlike the Louvre in Paris or its nearby cousin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, just a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Frick Collection is a much more intimate collection that can be viewed in its entirety in the space of one to two hours.
Housed in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the Collection attempts to preserve the ambience of Mr Frick's private house but includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture, superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality.
The entire collection is lovingly displayed in a series of 19 rooms which can be viewed in order with this guidebook already in hand. Make no mistake - the museum is small but this in no way detracts from the astonishing value and depth of its collection. The visitor will thrill to paintings by Titian, Turner, Vermeer, Degas, Van Dyck, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Holbrook, Whistler, Gainsborough, El Greco and Rembrandt, to name only a few.
This magnificent guidebook, produced in trade format with extremely high quality paper and covers, not only lovingly reproduces every single painting in the collection but also provides a brief interpretation of the painting as well as a short history of the artist. Such a beautiful memoir of this museum would still be inexpensive at twice the price.
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