The Frick Collection Acquires Murillo Self-Portrait
In recent years, The Frick Collection has showcased its strength in Spanish paintings through acclaimed exhibitions, publications, events on Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, and the collecting taste for such works. The focus is warranted, given founder Henry Clay Frick's early travels to Spain and his deep interest in Spanish artists.
Less known, however, is the fact that his first acquisition of Iberian painting was a significant self-portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-82), a work that has remained in the Frick family since its purchase in 1904.
The painting has come to the New York museum as the gift of Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II and the late Dr. Henry Clay Frick II. It is on view in the South Hall.
Pictured: Murillo, Self-Portrait, c. 1650-55, oil on canvas, 42 x 30 ½ inches, The Frick Collection, New York, gift of † Dr. and Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II; photo: Michael Bodycomb.