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Johannes Vermeer – At the Met & Frick

I’ve written about going to sit in the spacious pre-war apartment of Majorie Eliot to listen to her play jazz with her friends. There are s few ways to observe the other end of the spectrum including one of Fifth Avenue’s most formal private houses, The Frick Mansion on the corner of 70th and Fifth Avenue.

Now called The Frick Collection, it contains the tycoon’s preciously curated collection. But nothing Frick himself acquired—about ⅔ of the collection—can be loaned, so my advice is to go at least once, to see for yourself. There is no other way.

Manage such riches by simplifying: use this visit as the start your pilgrimage to see eight of the thirty-six paintings attributed to Vermeer, twelve of which reside in American public collections. If I schedule my day, I can see eight of the nine that are in New York, only about nine blocks apart.

The five others are in The Metropolitan Museum at 80th and Fifth Avenue. I will write about that behemoth in other posts suggesting ways to wrangle it.

At the Frick:
Officer and Laughing Girl, Mistress and Maid, Girl Interrupted in her Music

At The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Study of a Young Woman, The Allegory of Faith, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, A Maid Asleep, Woman with a Lute.

Finally, the one you cannot see, in a private collection:
A Young Woman Seated at the Virginal, pictured.

Here is a link to a mildly interesting Vermeer website.

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1 East 70th Street, New York

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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00


Frick admission: US$ 22
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)