Monday, January 01, 2007

A Private Library and the Frick Museum

My sister's neighbor and good friend belongs to the New York Society Library . It is a private member's only library not unlike The Boston Athenaeum . There are paintings, old maps, and documents on the walls. One of the upper floors offers a quiet area for writers. He took me there so that we could both do some writing. It is located on East 79th Street in Manhattan.

From the Library it was a short walk to the Frick Museum . The permanent collection is stunning with Dutch Masters, English, Spanish, French, and Italian oil paintings. It is not a large Museum and it was not crowded like the The Metropolitan Museum of Art . The Masterpieces of European Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art was a nice small exhibit. Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) A New Testament, was not very interesting. He lacked the strong sense of line and real mastery that his more famous father had. Few people were downstairs in that exhibit and when I saw it I understood why.


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