The Frick Collection, housed in the former New York residence of American collector Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), contains important examples of Netherlandish art. Among the museum’s Flemish paintings are works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Gerard David, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and eight portraits by Anthony Van Dyck. Frick also admired Dutch Golden Age artists, particularly Rembrandt. Today his museum contains three paintings by the Dutch master, most famously his extraordinary Self-Portrait of 1658. Joining these are paintings by fellow Dutch artists like Aelbert Cuyp, Frans Hals, Meindert Hobbema, Jacob van Ruisdael and three by Johannes Vermeer, including his superlative Officer and Laughing Girl, ca. 1657. Works on paper include drawings by Rembrandt as well as numerous prints, such as a superb impression of the Three Crosses of 1653. Flemish sculptor Jacques Jonghelinck’s portrait bust of the Duke of Alba and his silver medal of the same subject, both made in 1571, along with a rare sixteenth-century Flemish table clock, and eighteenth-century tapestries by the Brussels workshop of Peter van den Hecke, exemplify the quality and breadth of the Frick’s Dutch and Flemish holdings.
Louisa Wood Ruby, Head of Research (December 2019)