New York’s esteemed Frick Collection recently announced it had made its most important and significant painting purchase in nearly 30 years. What was it?
In its most important painting purchase since 1991, the Frick Collection in New York City has acquired François-Pascal-Simon Gérard’s full-length portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese, a notable art patron and the brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte.
According to the Frick, “Gérard was one of the most significant French artists of the first half of the nineteenth century, and this stunning canvas will coalesce seamlessly with the museum’s holdings, which until now have not included his work. Chronologically, the painting falls between the museum’s French masterpieces by Boucher and Fragonard and later works by Ingres, Renoir, Monet, and Manet, while joining contemporaneous portraits by Chinard and David. It will, likewise, find good company in major works of portraiture by Bronzino, Rembrandt, Titian, Holbein, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Romney, Hogarth, Goya, and Whistler. Following conservation and technical study this winter and spring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Prince Camillo Borghese’ will go on view at the Frick in mid-2018.”
To learn more, visit The Frick Collection.
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