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El Greco - The Frick Collection New York


El Greco’s Vincenzo Anastagi, acquired a century ago by Henry Clay Frick, is one of
The Frick Collection’s most celebrated paintings and one of only two full-length
portraits by the master. It was executed during the artist’s six-year stay in Rome, before
he moved to Spain, where he spent the rest of his career. Much of the force of this work
emanates from the resplendent half-armor worn by Anastagi. Rich highlights applied
with broad brushstrokes accentuate the steel, its metallic sheen contrasting with the
velvety texture of Anastagi’s green breeches and the dark crimson curtain. 

To mark the 400th anniversary of 

>> El Greco's * 1541 Iraklio † 1614 Toledo

death, the Frick will pair Vincenzo Anastagi with the rarely seen Jacopo Boncompagni by the artist’s Roman contemporary Scipione Pulzone. With its gleaming, highly detailed polish, Pulzone’s portrait of Boncompagni, on loan from a private collection, epitomizes the elegant style that dominated high-society portraiture in Rome during the last quarter of  the sixteenth century. El Greco’s painterly portrayal of Anastagi stands in stark contrast, underscoring the artist’s innovative departures from convention. 
The exhibition (05.08.2014 – 26.10.2014), held in the Frick’s East Gallery, is organized by Jeongho Park, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow. It is generously funded by gifts from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Sidney R. Knafel and Londa Weisman in memory of Vera
and Walter A. Eberstadt. The Frick will continue its celebration of El Greco this autumn and winter with a collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Text: The Frick Collection )