Guercino, Seated Nude Man, 17th century Graham S. Haber (2019) and courtesy of The Morgan Library and Museum
Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsmanat the Morgan Library and Museum (until 2 February 2020) presents around 30 evocative drawings by the Baroque Italian artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, or Guercino. A celebrated artist in his lifetime, Guercino refused to sell most of his drawings; he preferred to preserve them in the hope that the works could be reused by future generations of painters. When he died in 1666, a collection of drawings was discovered in his workshop despite his having dodged requests for them from several royal patrons. Scholars believe that many of his drawings—particularly his stylised landscapes—were made “without function” and just for his own pleasure. The museum owns more than 25 drawings by Guercino, which are shown in the exhibition with loans from public and private New York-based collections.
Henry Arnholds Meissen Palace: Celebrating a Collector at the Frick Collection (ongoing) highlights more than 70 pieces from a bequest of 134 Meissen porcelain works to the museum by the late philanthropist Henry Arnhold. The show is divided into five sections that are organised by colour, in line with the traditional Meissen presentations in 18th-century “porcelain rooms”, including: red or “Böttger” porcelain; white porcelain; Asian-inspired red-orange, blue and green porcelain; blue-and white porcelain; and gilded porcelain. All pieces were produced in the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, the first European factory to perfect the recipe for white porcelain, a coveted medium previously only mastered by Asian artisans. The exhibition is shown in the museums sunlit Portico Gallery, a space launched in 2011 with Arnholds support.