A Conversation for The Frick Collection, New York


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We were amazed that there was almost as much furniture on display as painting. The paintings were so amazing that we simply didn't notice the furniture, beyond seeing that it was there. Frick had a free choice of all European art, it seemed; and he was so selective that he replaced the second-stream rather than adding to it. So what you get is the very best works of the very best artists: several of the best-known Rembrandts, for instance. Comble de richesses. He kept one fifteenth-century copy because he then acquired the original, and found it fun to display them side by side.

The one thing that sticks out embarrassingly is the roomful of French putti -- children pretending to do grown-up jobs. He might as well have a room of Father Christmases.

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