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The Frick Collection  NYC mansion housing one of the most important collections of fine art in the world- includes the Frick Art Reference Library.

Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob and the first son of his beloved second wife, Rachel. His narrative in the Old Testament is extensive. As a favorite of his father, Joseph aroused the jealousy of his brothers, who convinced Jacob that he was dead and then sold him into slavery. Joseph was taken to Egypt, where he rose to prominence in the court of the pharaoh for his ability to interpret dreams. Zurbarán’s depiction of Joseph in regal attire with a rod and document in his hand underlines his position as a great administrator in the Egyptian court. Joseph’s assertive pose, direct gaze, and opulent dress and headgear reflect his preeminence among the twelve sons. Details of his costume are taken from Joseph in Jacques de Gheyn II’s print series The Twelve Sons of Jacob. #frickcollection #zurbaranatthefrick @theaucklandproject

Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall. The archers fiercely attacked him; they shot at him and pressed him hard. Yet his bow remained taut, and his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers. “The Blessings of Jacob” (Genesis 49:22–26)

#tbt to @itspinkwanderlust enjoying the museum’s Garden Court at #FrickFirstFridays. What’s your favorite time to visit? #frickcollection #frickstagram

As the mansion he was having built took shape and in the years following its completion, Henry Frick recognized the need for furnishings to equal the quality of the paintings that had been his collecting focus. For the long West Gallery, he acquired an important group of Italian Renaissance chests to line the walls and tables to stand in the center. Marriage chests, called cassoni, were made throughout Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and covered with painted or carved decoration. Often the coats of arms of the family that commissioned them were prominently displayed at the center of one side. #frickcolleection #directorschoice

This cassone bears the arms of the Roman family Roberti. As its overall shape resembles ancient Roman sarcophagi (stone coffins), it is not surprising that much of its ornamentation—garlands and grotesque heads on the apron below—is borrowed from them. The central panel of the principal side depicts two scenes from the myth of Apollo. On the left, the satyr Marsyas, who boasted that he was a better musician than Apollo, competes in a contest playing bagpipes (instead of the more usual panpipes) while the god plays a lira da braccio. On the right, Marsyas, having lost, is tied to a tree and flayed alive by Apollo. Such scenes from ancient history or myth often decorated cassoni as moral lessons for the married couple.


Unknown Italian artist, One of a Pair of Chests (cassoni), third quarter of the sixteenth century, carved walnut

Chief Curator Xavier Salomon with an advanced copy of the “Canova’s George Washington” exhibition catalogue. The show will be on view at the Frick beginning May 23! #FrickCollection #CanovasWashington @museocanova

Announcing the #FrickLibrary Summer Book Club!!! Pick up your copy of “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos,” by Dominic Smith… and join us July 11 from 3-6p at the library to discuss this exciting novel. It’s free to join… sign up at #frickcollection #nationallibraryweek #bookclub
The story is told through three time periods—Amsterdam 1637, New York City 1957, and Sydney 2000—to uncover the forgery and theft of “At the Edge of the Wood,” the last-known work by Sara de Vos, a fictional Dutch Golden Age painter. While reading, you may find a few Frick references.

On your next visit to the Frick, but sure to check out Whistler’s full-length portraits back on view in the Oval Room. And Renoir’s La Promenade too… #frickcollection #Whistler #Renoir

The #frickarchives preserves the institutional records of the #frickcollection and Library, the papers of the Frick family, and materials acquired by the Library relating to the history of art. These collections contain correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, artist sketchbooks, diaries, and interesting artifacts like the one above. This is an architectural model of the northeast corner of the #fricklibrary’s main Reading Room, and was created by the office of architect John Russell Pope, circa 1933, during the design and planning phase of the Library’s construction. The model features the room’s carved woodwork, cabinetry, and decorative painting, much of which was realized and can still be seen in the Reading Room today. The Library building opened to the public on January 14, 1935. The model was among the objects displayed in the Frick’s lower exhibition galleries as part of the museum’s exhibition: The Frick’s Other Collection: The 70th Anniversary of The Frick Art Reference Library, December 11, 1990 to March 24, 1991. #nationallibraryweek #tbt

Asher’s food shall be rich, and he shall provide royal delicacies. “The Blessings of Jacob” (Genesis 49:20) ... Attired in the finest regalia, the prosperous farmer Asher was the son of Jacob and Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid. In Zurbarán’s painting, the overflowing basket of bread in Asher’s hands refers to the “royal delicacies” in the blessing and showcases the artist’s extraordinary skill in the genre of still life. Asher’s association with bread in biblical literature led the sixth-century Spanish theologian Isidore of Seville to interpret him as a prefiguration of Christ, who in the Eucharist becomes bread for the faithful. Asher’s staff bisects the canvas, introducing a dynamic element into an otherwise static composition. Recent technical analysis revealed that the landscape — which is of particularly high quality — was most likely painted by Zurbarán himself as a model for his assistants to follow in the other works in the series. Zurbarán's Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle through April 22, 2018. #frickcollection #zurbaranatthefrick @theaucklandproject

Celebrating #nationallibraryweek with a few our favorite details of the #FrickLibrary… what is yours? #frickcollection #itsallinthedetails #takeacloserlook

Today is National Library Workers Day, a celebration in recognition of the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Check out our story to learn more about some of the amazing members of our team you may encounter when visiting the #fricklibrary! #frickcollection #nationallibraryweek #nationallibraryworkersday #nlwd18

It’s #NationalLibraryWeek! Follow along with us all week on Instagram and Facebook Live where will be celebrating all things #fricklibrary! #librarieslead #fricklibrary #frickcollection #booksarecool #librarylove #librariesofinstagram
Did you know... The Frick Art Reference Library was founded almost 100 years ago by Henry Clay Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, as a memorial to her father. Today it is one of the world's leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting. More than a quarter of its specialist book stock is not held by any other library. It includes extensive archives and a photo archive that make it an important resource for provenance research. Its catalog, finding aids, and many full-text documents and images are available online at The Library also houses a conservation lab and is home to the Center for the History of Collecting. It is open to the public free of charge, and offers a variety of public programs related to research and scholarship throughout the year.

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