The Frick Collection: A Little Known Place with Big Names in Art

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New York City is known for its extensive collection of art museums ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is usually the most renowned to others such as the the Solomon R. Guggenheim or the Whitney Museum of American Art which are popular in their own rights. This abundance of art museums makes the city very attractive for foreign visitors. However, this abundance of choice can overwhelm even the most informed visitors who have a finite amount of time to explore what the city has to offer. Although all of the above mentioned museums have great collections of their own, the often unheralded Frick Collections might trump them all in terms of exceptional works which include some of the world's most celebrated Western artists, such as Goya, Manet, Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir. Located in 1 East 70th Street, in New York City, The Frick Collection is an elegant and well maintained museum housed in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick, a successful steel and coke industrialist who amassed an incredible fortune during the 19th century in Pittsburgh. The museum is easily accessible by public transportation as various trains such as the N or the R lines stop nearby at 5th Ave and 59th Street. The collection is open six days a week operating from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Adults are required to pay $20 while students with valid identification are asked to pay $10. On Sundays, the collection institutes a pay as you wish format similar to that employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It must be noted that children under the age of 10 are not permitted in the Collection. Tours at the museum are enhanced by an acousti... ... middle of paper ... Saint Francis has removed his shoes and stands barefoot. Taking the shoes off is commonly interpreted to mean that something holy is occurring. If the above mentioned paintings do not sound intriguing, the Frick’s remarkable holdings also include works by David, Goya, Renoir, Bruegel, and Velasquez. However, its collection is not limited to paintings only as significant sculptures like Bernini’s “Head of an Angel” from 1655 and Clodion’s ”Zephyrus and Flora” from 1799 can be found there as well. Along with these sculptures, an extensive collection of Italian bronzes and eighteenth century furniture combine to create a museum which although is small in size compared to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, makes up for it with an extensive collection of carefully selected pieces from some of the world’s most renowned artists.

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