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Frick Collection
Established 1913
Location 1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 (United States)
Type Art [1]
Director Anne L. Poulet [2]
Website The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is an art museum located in Manhattan, New York City, United States. It is housed in the former residence of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, which was designed by Thomas Hastings and constructed in 1913-1914.

The Frick was built at a time when almost every building on Fifth Avenue above 59th Street was a private mansion (there were also a few private clubs and a hotel). Amidst this wealth, Frick's home was among the most opulent, with private gardens both on the Avenue front and in an interior courtyard. The house is worth visiting independent of the collection.

The Frick is one of the preeminent small art museums in the United States, with a very high-quality collection of old master paintings and fine furniture housed in 16 galleries within the formerly occupied residential mansion. The paintings in many galleries are still arranged according to Frick's design, although additional works have been bought by the Frick Collection over the years in a manner deemed to correspond with the aesthetic of the collection.

The collection features some of the best-known paintings by major European artists, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain. It also has 18th century French furniture, Limoges enamel, and Oriental rugs.[1] After Frick's death, his daughter, Helen Clay Frick, expanded the collection, with a third of its art works acquired since 1919. The Frick also oversees the Frick Art Reference Library.

The Frick Collection's building was the inspiration for the fictional Avengers Mansion, which, like the Frick, covers the entire city block at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 70th Street (but has the address 890 Fifth Avenue, rather than 1 East 70th Street, the address of the Frick).

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Highlights

Holbein's portrait of Thomas More is one of the highlights of the Frick Collection.
The Polish Rider by Rembrandt is part of the Frick Collection.
Museum

Included in the collection are Jean-Honoré Fragonard's masterpiece, The Progress of Love, three paintings by Johannes Vermeer including Mistress and Maid, and Piero della Francesca's St. John the Evangelist. Other featured artists include:

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Coordinates: 40°46′16″N 73°58′03″W / 40.77111°N 73.9675°W / 40.77111; -73.9675

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