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What to see at the Frick Collection in New York: timetables, prices and advice

New York, the city that never sleeps. The city that makes you feel constantly inside a movie. Home to some of the most important museums in the world. And among the great must-sees, there are also many other small attractions behind each andolo. One of these is the Frick Collection, one of the most important small museums in the Big Apple. Not well known among the many tourists who visit New York every year, it preserves works of inestimable value and beauty. Definitely deserves to be included in your "To do list", you will not be disappointed!



Index

  1. What to see and how to visit the Frick Collection
  2. The progress of love
  3. St. Francis in the desert
  4. Coronation of the Virgin
  5. Allegory of Vice and Virtue
  6. Maid holding out a letter
  7. Perseus frees Andromeda
  8. Crucifixion
  9. scourging
  10. Dance rehearsal
  11. View of Vetheuil in winter
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit the Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is located in a strategic and easy to reach place: on East 70th Street, between Madison and 5th Avenue, just one kilometer from Central Park.
It is located in theformer residence of Henry Clay Frick, an American entrepreneur and art collector. This will allow you to also enjoy the magnificent rooms of the palace where Frick lived with his family.
The works, including some of the most important masterpieces of European painting, sculptures and period furniture are mainly exhibited on the first floor in the large rooms of the building, divided into sixteen thematic galleries.

But let's see together what the 10 works to see at the Frick Collection.



1 - The progress of love

At the Frick Collection is preserved the cycle of paintings entitled "The progress of love" that Fragonard painted for the Countess Du Barry. The paintings are four and represent the phases of love: "The pursuit", "The meeting", "The lover crowned" and "Love letters".

  • Author: Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Date1771-1773
  • Living Room: Fragonard Room

2 - St. Francis in the desert

This work is the largest preserved Renaissance altarpiece in the United States. Bellini paints on the canvas the moment in which Saint Francis receives the stigmata, that is the wounds and lesions on the hands, feet and side like Jesus Christ following the passion.

  • Author: Giovanni Bellini
  • Date1476-1478
  • Living Room: Living Hall

3 - Coronation of the Virgin

This work is an altarpiece painted by the Venetian. The moment in which the Virgin Mary is crowned by Jesus Christ is represented. Behind them there are angels who sing and play musical instruments, a symbol of the harmony of the universe.

  • Author: Paolo Veneziano
  • Date: 1358
  • Living Room: Enamels Room

4 - Allegory of Vice and Virtue

In this painting, also known as "The choice of Hercules", the Veronese depicts Hercules who, at a crossroads, finds Vice and Virtue. The first shows him a path made of ease and pleasure, the second a difficult and demanding path that will lead him to true happiness. The choice remains with him.



  • Author: Paolo Veronese
  • Date: 1565
  • Living Room: West Gallery

5 - Maid handing out a letter

This square was one of Frick's last purchases before his death. The painting shows a maid handing a letter to the mistress, a figure probably inspired by the painter's wife.

  • Author: Johannes Vermeer
  • Date1666-1667
  • Living Room: West Gallery

6 - Perseus frees Andromeda

In this painting, Perseus is depicted riding Pegasus, inspired by Ovid's Metamorphosis, intent on freeing Andromeda, chained to the rock that can be seen at the bottom right, where there are still the remains of the chains.

  • Author: Giambattista Tiepolo
  • Date: 1730/1731
  • Living Room: Lower Level

7 - Crucifixion

The Crucifixion was one of the panels that formed the Polyptych of Sant'Agostino, nowadays partially dispersed. This painting was probably in the center and shows the moment when Jesus Christ was crucified, while the soldiers are playing dice on his garments.

  • Author: Piero della Francesca
  • Date: th century
  • Living Room: Enamels Room

8 - Flagellation

This tempera and gold painting on panel was also part of a larger project, probably an altarpiece or a triptych, in which various scenes from the Passion of Jesus were shown. There were probably 8 panels, but we only have two: this one exhibited at the Frick Collection and a second, the Majesty with two angels, at the National Gallery in London.



  • Author: Cimabue
  • Date: 1280
  • Living Room: Enamels Room

9 - Dance rehearsals

This painting is one of many in the series dedicated to dance. Degas was very interested in ballet and the physiognomy of young dancers on the move. This theme is the one that has given him the most visibility and popularity. In this painting, girls are represented dancing to the notes of the violinist's music.

  • Author: Edgar Degas
  • Date: 1878/1879
  • Living Room: North Hall

10 - View of Vetheuil in winter

Monet moved to Vetheuil in 1878 and in the following years he painted this small town from various points of view and in different seasons. The painting exhibited in the Frick Collection shows the country in winter.

  • Author: Claude Monet
  • Date: 1878/1879
  • Living Room: North Hall

Hours and prices

  • Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays and all American holidays; the first Friday of the month (except January and September) also open from 18:00 to 21:00.
  • Best time to avoid queues: we recommend that you visit the museum in the early opening hours, when there is less traffic. The best way to avoid the queues is still to buy the ticket online.
  • full ticket $ 22,00 (approximately € 20,00)
  • Reductions: the cost of the reduced ticket for over 65s and visitors with disabilities is $ 17,00 (€ 15,00); for students $ 12,00 (approximately € 11,00); admission to children under 10 is not allowed.
  • Free: admission is free on the first Friday of the month (except January and September) in the evening, from 18:00 to 21:00; on Wednesdays from 14:00 to 18:00 admission is free.

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Take advantage of the free tickets: we advise you to go on free entry days (every first Friday of the month except January and September) or on Wednesday afternoons from 14:00 to 18:00 when admission is free.
  2. Watch out for restrictions: the museum has very strict rules that must absolutely be respected. First of all, children under 10 are prohibited from entering. Security checks will be carried out at the entrance and bulky bags, coats and umbrellas must be left in the cloakroom. Inside it is forbidden to drink, eat and smoke, it is not allowed to sit on the ground or speak loudly. Photographs may only be taken for personal use and not where it is expressly prohibited.
  3. Minimum time: the museum is not too big, not as big as the MET or the Natural History Museum, but we recommend that you dedicate at least two hours to it.
  4. Audioguide: the rental of the audio guide is also included in the entrance fee, also in Italian.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: located at 1 East 70th Street, between Madison and 5th Avenue, not far from Central Park and other famous museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Get directions
  • By bus: The bus lines that stop near the museum are M1, M2, M3 and M4
  • By metro: the closest metro stop is on 68th Street, where line 6 passes

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

Henry Clay Frick, from whom the museum takes its name, was described as "the most hated man in America". He bought the property on Fifth Avenue in 1910 and commissioned architect Thomas Hastings to design the building. He lived in the mansion until his death in 1919.
If you visit the Frick Collection you can also visit the Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick in memory of his father. Open only to people over 18 and free to enter, the library aims to make public access to materials based on the study of figurative and decorative arts.

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