Spanish Masterpieces From Frick Collection Back Home For Exhibition

Spanish paintings from one of the world’s most important art collections are back home for a limited time at an exhibition in the Prado Museum.

The works from the  Frick Collection of New York, considered to be one of the world’s greatest art collections, will be on display at the Prado National Museum (Hall 16 A. Villanueva) until 2nd July.

It is made up of nine emblematic works by such Spanish masters as Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo and Goya and include some of their most important and well know pieces.

The paintings on display were acquired by the US industrialist, philanthropist, and museum founder, Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and who bequeathed his collection to the American public.

His daughter, Helen, born in 1888. went on to found the Frick Art Reference Library in memory of her father in 1920 and where she remained its director until 1983, the year before her death at age ninety-six.

Today, the Frick Collection is considered to be one of New York’s greatest cultural treasures.

The temporary loan has been possible because the Frick Mansion, where these works are normally housed, is currently being  renovated, so the museum is displaying its collection at the smaller Frick Madison allowing for some of their principal works to be sent to Spain for the exhibition.

Of the works being exhibited at the Prado, only two have been seen in Spain since they were originally sold over a century ago.



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