Good Neighbors

  • Posted on Aug 19, 2010 by

It is important for the staff of the Frick Art Reference Library and the other New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) libraries to work collaboratively and with other institutions. With this mandate in mind, the reference staff of the Frick recently visited their colleagues at Yale University to learn about the collections held at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and the Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Photograph Archive.

In addition to visiting these two libraries, the staff had the opportunity to visit the Yale University Art Gallery to view the exhibition Italian Paintings from the Richard L. Feigen Collection. The exhibition brings together fifty works from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century from the private collection of Yale alumnus Richard L. Feigen (B.A. 1952). For years, Feigen has been a noted author, collector, and dealer. His gallery on East 69th Street is a neighbor of the Frick. A recent acquisition to consortium members the Frick Art Reference Library and the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) is the beautifully illustrated catalog that accompanies the Feigen exhibition.


Published by Yale University Art Gallery in association with Yale University Press, the catalog by Laurence Kanter and John Marciari features an entry for each of the fifty objects exhibited with a full description, bibliography, provenance, and condition report. Accompanying the entries are lush color reproductions of the works in the exhibition and supplemental images for many of them. Artists such as Orazio Gentileschi (1563–1639), Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455), and Ludovico Carracci (1555–1619) can be found within the pages of the catalog. To quote Feigen’s preface, “Although masterpieces are increasingly unavailable, I never encountered one that was overpriced, only ones I couldn’t afford.” The exhibition does indeed contain masterworks. The staff of the Frick encourages anyone interested to visit the libraries of the Frick or the Met to view the volume documenting this extraordinary exhibition.

Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services, Frick Art Reference Library


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