Mantegna to Matisse
The Frick Collection
Baron Henry’s immense, opulent collection of European art, statuary and furniture in the neoclassical manse that is The Frick Collection dazzles on any day; but it does so especially now, when complemented by the current exhibition of masterpieces in Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery, on view through the end of January. The selection of 58 drawings, previously shown at and currently on loan from London’s renowned museum and art institute, includes names from such prestigious artists as da Vinci and Rembrandt, Goya and Gainsborough, Degas and van Gogh, among others.
Organised by Frick’s chief curator Colin Bailey and Courtauld Gallery’s drawings curator Stephanie Buck, the two-floor installation is chronological, allowing the visitor to move fluidly from Renaissance to Baroque to Modern periods. From C.15th Andrea Mantegna sketches and Peter Paul Rubens’ C.17th vision of his young bride Helena Fourment, to Paul Cézanne’s C.19th graphite-and-watercolour works and Henri Matisse’s C.20th Ingres figure drawings, the exhibit presents both a visual and visceral evolution of the age-old art form. And since this marks the first time that many of these principal drawings are viewable outside their London home, it’s an especially rare chance to catch a glimpse of the greats.