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New York — By Steve Mirsky on May 19, 2010 at 10:31 am
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Fabulous Frick Collection

Want to see how a real life robber baron from the early 20th century lived?  Look no further than the Frick Collection where Henry Clay Frick lavished his immense fortune on priceless works of art, cramming them into his sprawling neo-Classical mansion on E 70th St. overlooking Central Park.

The Frick Collection Garden in Full Bloom

Built in 1913 by the same architects who designed the New York Public Library main branch in midtown, galleries showcase paintings spanning the Renaissance, an impressive collection of 18th century French furniture, Oriental tapestries, small bronzes, and works ranging from Degas, Goya, El Greco, Van Dyck, Renoir and Whistler. Since becoming a museum in the 1930s, many of the rooms are still arranged the way Henry Clay Frick wanted them.

Instead of a typical museum layout defined by collections categorized by date and style, The Frick makes you feel as if you’re stepping into a wealthy home graced by the magic of an interior designer whose main focus is decorative harmony and thematic content….along with an unlimited budget.  Take note of Edouard Manet’s “The Bullfight” near the entrance and Garden Court, the property’s lush courtyard reverberating with gently splashing fountains.

And here’s a tip:  On Sundays, instead of the regular $18, admission is “pay-as-you-wish” between 11am and 1pm.

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..  Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location:  1 East 70th Street, (map) 212-288-0700

By Subway: Take the 6 train to the 68th St. Station, walk 3 blocks to 5th Ave., and then 2 blocks up to 70th Street

photo courtesy of the Frick Collection

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