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Friday, July 21, 2006

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is one of the finest small art museums in the United States, located on Fifth Avenue at 70th Street, facing Central Park. The museum is housed in a mansion, built by the steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick, also an art collector. Since his time, both the collection and building itself have been expanded. Although small, the collection is considered important, featuring many old European masters, as well as sculpture, porcelain, enamels, furniture and carpets. The Frick has one of the nicest virtual tours I've seen; you can see the interior of the museum with its collections, zoom in on the art pieces, and click on them and get complete information on the work. In an adjoining building is the Frick Art Reference Library, a 13-story structure housing 300,000 books. They also run concerts and lectures - these small, intimate venues are great for the concert goer. The setting is beautiful; the building is surrounded by gardens...

6 comments:

Nancee said...

A long cool stroll through the Frick is perfect on these miserable muggy NYC days. Since I can't get there - thanks for access to the virtual tour.

Brian said...

The virtual tours and access to art collections online is an amazing asset for everyone. It appears that all the major museums are going this way - you can view images of paintings from the Louvre's collection online, for example, at a pretty decent size. All this is great for those unable to visit or for reference.
Brian

Kate said...

The trees soften the lines of the building. Nice! I'll return later for the virtual tour.

Lisi said...

ah I visited June 05, it is a beautiful place and a great collection

Olivier said...

l'un des plus beaux musée de NYC. j'adore y faire un tour a chaque voyage.

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