Head up Fifth Avenue from Loews Regency and the first museum you'll hit will be the Frick Collection, at 70th Street. This small museum houses one of the preeminent collections of works by Old Masters, counting important paintings by Hals, van Dyck, Boucher, and Goya among its holdings. The museum is housed in the former home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, and preserves the decor of an especially lavish turn-of-the-last-century mansion. If you want to continue north for more culture, the Met at 82nd marks that start of Museum Mile, with nine museums along Fifth Avenue up to 110th Street.
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The Frick Collection
Start your day at the Fifth Avenue Belle Epoque mansion of Henry Clay Frick and his wife, Adelaide, was opened as a public museum in 1934, but it still retains the intimacy of a private home. Entering the house—with its Aubusson-carpeted hush—is like walking into a life-sized jewel box. Everything shines, most especially The Progress of Love, the four paneled Rococo masterpiece by Jean-Honoré Fragonard which has been described as "one of the most powerful evocations of love in the history of art." The panels were commissioned by the famous courtesan Madame du Barry but rejected because the lover portrayed on canvas looked too much like Barry’s real life suitor, Louis XV.
Photo courtesy the Frick Collection