Don Quixote rides again - 400 years later - at NY Frick exhibition

Don Quixote rides again. The Frick Collection, housed in the former residence of Harry Clay Frick, features an exhibition that has been arranged in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the second volume of Cervantes's Don Quixote (1615).

Bronze statues of Don Quixote and his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza

Bronze statues of Don Quixote and his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza Image by Chris Smith / CC BY 2.0

NewYork.com says that the adventures of the Man of La Mancha and his faithful side-kick Sancho Panza, have inspired a tsunami of creative interpretations - from paintings to prints to plays and to movies. Nycgo suggests joining the greatest slayer of the windmills that the world has ever seen in Manhattan, New York between now and the 17th of May to admire examples of Charles-Antoine Coypel's illustrative cartoons. This will include five paintings on loan from the Palais Impérial de Compiègne and the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris that have never before been exhibited in New York.

Twenty five other art pieces from the eighteenth century that were inspired by Coypel will also be displayed in the collection, as well as a catalogue outlining how Coypel’s illustrations came to be intrinsically linked with the famous work of fiction. Not only will there be an examination of the accompanying artwork but the novel itself and its long lasting impact on the world of art and culture will be the subject of investigation.

The Frick Collection is an art museum on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and houses the collection of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, who died in 1919.

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