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    Frick Collection in New York: how to visit the Manhattan art gallery

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    On Fifth Avenue there is a large building at the intersection with 70th Street which houses masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt, Fragonard, Velàzquez, Goya, Van Dyck, Vermeer as well as our Tiziano, Bellini, Bernini, Lippi, Piero della Francesca: it is there Frick Collection, a collection of works of art collected and brought to New York in the early twentieth century by a wealthy steel industrialist, Henry Clay Frick.

    Please note:: temporarily (at least until 2022) the Frick Collection has moved to a new location at 945 Madison Avenue where the Met Breuer was previously located.

    The collection is housed inside the Henry Clay Frick House, the New York residence of the steel magnate and his family: with its gardens and halls, it is already worth a visit in itself. Certainly, though, it is the collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics and art objects from various parts of the world that make the residence famous and that will leave you speechless.


    • Useful information: how to get there, tickets, timetables
    • Main works
    • A brief history of the Frick Collection

    Useful information: how to get there, tickets, timetables

    As mentioned, the Frick Collection headquarters has been temporarily moved to the former Met Breuer headquarters at 945 Madison Avenue. For updated information on how to reach the building, I refer you to the official website.

    The Frick Collection is housed inside the Henry Clay Frick House, Henry Clay Frick's residence on the Upper East Side, not far from the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum. The exact address is 1 East 70th Street.

    To reach the building that houses the Frick Collection with the New York subway you basically have two options:

    • use the Line 6 and get off at 68th Street Station and do just over 5 minutes on foot.
    • take or le N, Q and R lines and get off at 72nd Street Station, but in this case you will have to walk almost a quarter of an hour.

    If you are driving, it is useful to know the museum it has no parking and there are no free parking spaces nearby. However, there are some (paid) car parks in the streets surrounding the Henry Clay Frick House.

    Il ticket costs $ 22 and includes an audio guide (also in Spanish) and admission to special exhibitions. For seniors over 65, students with ID and invalids there is a $ 17 reduced ticket. Children under 10 are not allowed to visit.

    You can admire the works of the Frick Collection from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The latest time to enter the museum is 17:30 pm.

    Il Thursday from 16:00 to 18:00 for admission to the Frick Collection the formula applies “Pay what you wish”, you can then visit the art collection leaving an offer at will.

    All visitors over the age of 12 must provide proof of vaccination. All visitors will have to wear the mask within the premises.

    Main works

    The peculiarity of this museum is the combination of priceless works of art and the galleries and rooms that house them. Rooms like the Dining Room and the Boucher Room have that classicism and elegance in the furnishings that create a perfect combination with the works of art they hold. Do not miss the visit to gardens on Fifth Avenue and 70th Street, the magnificent inner courtyard with the fountain in the center designed by Pope and the Music Room.

    At the entrance to the museum is the Fragonard Room with the series by Jean-Honoré Fragonard Progress of love. In this area you can admire an eighteenth-century décor with period furniture and Sevres porcelain.

    The works Titian e Bellini are in the Living Hall, while the St. John the Evangelist's Piero della Francesca is located in the Enamels Room together with one of Vermeer's paintings and the works of Simone Martini, Duccio Buoninsegna and Cimabue.

    In the West Gallery, however, the furniture dates back mainly to the sixteenth century and you can see splendid works by artists such as Paolo Veronese, Goya, van Dyck, Cellini, Diego Rodríguez de Silva and Velázquez, Vermeer and El Greco. The North Hall houses paintings by Manet, Monet e Degas, while in the South Hall you will admire among others Vermeer.

    Particularly rich is the collection of antique watches, the oldest of which dates back to 1530, and Chinese and European porcelain on display in the Reception Hall, Dining Room and Library.

    Also pay attention to carpets and to tapestries: as well as from Belgium and France, some come from ancient Persia and India. In fact, Frick was a collector of works of art and treasures coming not only from European countries, but also and above all from faraway exotic countries that created even more fuss, curiosity and admiration among the rich tycoon's guests.

    A brief history of the Frick Collection

    Henry Clay Frick, a wealthy industrialist known as "the most hated man in America" ​​for his war on the unions, bought the mansion located on Fifth Avenue between 1911th Street and 70st Street in 71. Frick entrusted the restoration work to the architect Thomas Hastings, renowned for having worked on the renovation of the New York Public Library and some residences of other important families such as the Guggenheim and Vanderbilts.

    The Frick family moved into their New York home in November 1914. The cost of purchasing and renovating the building exceeded five million dollars, an astronomical figure still today so you can imagine what it represented at that time. Not to mention the value of the works of art that Frick brought to his new home in New York: his intention, in fact, was always to let the greatest number of people admire his collection, one day making the residence a museum.

    After his death in 1919 and that of his wife in 1931, the residence was effectively transformed into a museum by architect John Russel Pope, who added the Oval Room and East Gallery. The Frick collection opened to the public on December 16, 1935. In 1977, the Russell Page-designed 70th Street Garden, two new galleries and the Reception Hall were added.

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