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May 17, 2021

Cocktails with a Curator – Coronation of the Virgin – Paulo Veneziano
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This is another unmissable art history lecture from the Frick.  Curator Xavier Salomon discusses one of the Frick’s earliest paintings. This one was made by Paulo Veneziano, the Father of Venetian painting in the 14th century.

​Son of painters, father of painters, head of the most significant studio in Venice in the 14th century, Veneziano’s closeness to the Dominican Order led to his being commissioned to make the altar pieces for San Marco’s Dominican Basilica. This Coronation of the Virgin was one of his final works, his last dated painting, made in 1358, three years before he died, and is an important example of early Italian religious paintings that deploy precious materials – gold and silver – to evoke the divine. Thank you, Xavier, I didn’t know any of that.

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  • Bostin'Symph says:

    “Cocktails with the Curator”: What a lovely series! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    I spent many happy hours at the Frick a long time ago. It”ll probably be some time before I get to New York again, so it’s nice to be able to enjoy the collection from a distance!

  • M says:

    The magical Saint Frances in the Desert (1480), by the Venetian master, Giovanni Bellini, is there, referring to it several times in my writings about music. I’ve visited the Frick Collection so many times I can close my eyes and visualize every room and many of the paintings – a true oasis of timeless art and serenity.