In the galleries at The Frick Art Museum you will find fabulous examples of early Renaissance Italian painting; rare French and Flemish tapestries; Renaissance and Baroque bronze statuettes; eighteenth-century French painting, furniture and decorative arts; spectacular Chinese porcelains; and masterpieces by artists such as Rubens, Boucher, Gainsborough and Fragonard.
The collection at the Frick includes objects purchased by Henry Clay Frick and his daughter Helen, as well as museum purchases and gifts. The Italian gallery features exceptional examples of early Renaissance painting, including Sienese masters Sassetta and Giovanni de Paolo. Also on view in the Italian gallery are a selection of bronzes from the collection purchased In 1916, by Henry Clay Frick from the estate of financier J. P. Morgan. Over 40 of these bronzes are part of the collection of The Frick Pittsburgh, and others are held by The Frick Collection, New York.
The green gallery, with silk velvet wall coverings and crystal chandeliers, was designed to complement the museum’s collection of French painting, with works by Boucher, Fragonard and Pater installed with fine examples of French furniture of the period.
Other highlights of this room include a major portrait by Peter Paul Rubens, a major Venetian scene by Francesco Guardi, and an oil on copper attributed to Antoine Le Nain.
The museum’s Jacobean room, with English oak paneling, is typically hung with English artworks of the 18th century—including a rotating selection of mezzotints, a fabulous example of a conversation piece by English artist Arthur Devis, and portraits by English masters like Hogarth, Gainsborough, and Reynolds.
The tapestry collection, which hangs in the museum’s rotunda, features examples of French Loire valley weaving in the mille-fleurs tradition as well as the complex, painterly weavings that made Brussels a famed center of Renaissance tapestry production. Rest on the Flight into Egypt is a particularly fine example of an intact devotional weaving of exceptional quality.
Note: Objects on view change periodically and not all of the collection is on display at any one time.
The Chinese porcelain collection at The Frick Pittsburgh is one of extraordinary breadth and quality, containing examples created for the imperial court, domestic trade, and the export market. Chinese porcelains were a key addition to Henry Clay Frick’s collecting in the early 1900s, when he was actively seeking decorative arts that matched the superb quality of his painting collection. Primarily purchased from Duveen Brothers and Cottier and Company, Frick’s collection of porcelains includes several objects previously owned by financier and collector J. P. Morgan as well as a delightful collection of miniature porcelains from the estate of ceramics connoisseur George B. Warren.
The western obsession with Chinese porcelain stretches back to the 1400s, when blue-and-white wares began arriving in Europe in great quantities. Porcelain became a powerful symbol of wealth, status, and power, and collecting porcelain remained fashionable for centuries. Most of the examples in our collection date to the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), often considered the pinnacle of ceramic production in China. Chinese porcelain production has a long history of experimentation and innovation, and the Qing rulers were avid patrons of the arts, which flourished in many forms during their reign.
The Chinese porcelain installation will be on view in the French Room of the Frick Art Museum through 2020.