Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Frick's One-Painting Parmigianino Show

2nd NE Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of February 11, 2008

Kim DeMarco posted on her blog one piece:

The Frick Collection borrows a few precious works of art each year, and from them rich historical tales emerge. The mysterious identity of Antea — the hauntingly beautiful woman whose portrait was painted in the 1530s by the Italian Renaissance master Parmigianino — will be the subject of the next tale.

The Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, is lending the portrait to the Frick for the one-painting show, which opens on Jan. 29. Widely considered one of the most important works of the Italian Renaissance, it was last seen in New York in a 1987 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

... [The] subject has puzzled art historians for centuries. The portrait depicts a woman clad in a sumptuous yellow dress, wearing rubies and pearls, with a fur throw over one shoulder. Antea stares directly, almost eerily, at the viewer. Yet no one knows who she is or what message Parmigianino wanted to convey.

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-288-0700

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