Located in the former home of Henry Clay Frick -- the Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist -- the Frick Collection of more than 1,100 works began with the bequest of his extraordinary collection. It included 137 paintings, as well as sculpture, decorative arts, drawings, and prints. The Frick now holds a permanent collection of art from the Renaissance to the late 19th-century.
The Collection includes masterpieces of European painting, major works of sculpture, notable 18th-century French furniture, Limoges enamels, Sèvres and Chinese porcelain, old master and 19h-century works on paper, Limoges enamels, and other works of remarkable quality, including an exemplary collection of small bronzes. Artists in the collection include Rembrandt, Giovanni Bellini, El Greco, Goya, Frans Hals, Vermeer, Boucher, Fragonard, Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W.Turner, Whistler, Severo da Ravenna, and Houdon.
Several temporary exhibitions are scheduled annually.
Whether or not you go, the museum handbook, Frick Collection: Handbook of Paintings, presents more than 350 paintings by the greatest European artists in one stunning volume.
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Emulates the historic display approach of an 18th-century “porcelain room,” with works grouped by color.