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NOBLE ENDEAVORS

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The Frick — which this past year alone carried Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, arguably the two most famous paintings that inspired books which became (or will become) blockbuster movies — now brings us a masterpiece by El Greco, and an after hours event to complement it. Summer Night: Men in Armor is centered around a pair of 400-year-old paintings: El Greco’s Vincenzo Anastagi, painted during his brief period in Rome during which he tried to forge a career out of noble portraiture, and his less-remembered but more popular contemporary Scipione Pulzone’s Portrait of Jacopo Boncompagni. Curator Jeongho Park gives a talk on how their contrasts exemplify El Greco’s soon-after break from tradition into the haunting, elongated figures we know him for, while guitarist Celil Refik Kaya plays music evocative of 16th century Spain, and patrons (first come, first serve) roam the mansion and party like it’s 1576.

Fri., Aug. 15, 6 p.m., 2014