Johannes Vermeer – At the Met & Frick

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Johannes Vermeer – At the Met & Frick

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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 a few ways to observe the other end of the economic 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 I advise going at least once, to see for yourself. There is no other way.

Binge on such riches by simplifying: use this visit to begin your pilgrimage to see eight of the thirty-five paintings attributed to Vermeer, eleven of which reside in American public collections. If you schedule your time you can see eight of the nine that are in New York, only about nine blocks apart.

There are four here; five others are in The Metropolitan Museum at 80th and Fifth Avenue. The mansion is closed for a two year renovation. PLease check its website for updates.

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.

Plus: The Frick is Marvel Comics’ Avengers Mansion !

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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


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