Favorite Museums: The Frick Collection

May 26, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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The Frick Collection for me is almost the perfect museum, it combines three of my favorite things: Art, Architecture, and Interiors. The Frick Collection is an art museum in New York City located in the home of Henry Clay Frick and most of the art in the house was collected by Frick and his family. Frick was a major industrialist in early 20th Century America and is responsible for the formation of U.S. Steele, financed the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Reading Company and owned huge amounts of real estate. Frick commissioned his NYC home, which is the museum today, with construction taking two years from 1912 to 1914, Frick lived in the house until his death in 1919. Upon his death, Frick left the NYC mansion along with the art and furnishings to the city of New York City with the caveat that his wife could live there until her death. Adelaide Frick lived in the house with her daughter, Helen, until Mrs. Frick died in 1931, upon her death the house was converted to the beautiful museum we find today. The Frick Mansion houses one of the most impressive collections of Old Master paintings in the U.S., along with major sculpture works and collections of porcelain, all housed in six rooms of the mansion. The mansion/museum is a real treat if you are at all into art, not only to see the creations by some of the world’s greatest artists but to also get a glimpse of what life was like for the upper class in the first half of the 20th Century. Be sure and check out the Frick Collection when you’re in New York City, you won’t be sorry, in the meantime here’s a glimpse behind the walls of the house that Frick built, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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The Grand Staircase in the Frick is breathtaking and as you can see there are beautiful paintings and antiques everywhere you look. ( via )

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In the center of the house is the atrium or center court room of the house. With its glass ceiling, this room is the perfect place to experience the bright outdoors without leaving the house.  ( via )

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The paintings in the West Vestibule are amazing, huge in size and big on detail. ( via )

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The gardens around the Frick offer as much beauty as the artwork inside. ( via )

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This Van Dyck portrait of a woman in blue is part of an exhibition at the Frick until June 5. ( via )

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 St. Francis In The Desert by Giovanni Bellini ( via )

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Philip IV of Spain by Diego Velázquez ( via )

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