In a coincidence ordained as if by celestial design, two great masterworks of European painting are joined again temporarily in New York after traveling from their permanent home in the Czech Republic. Although the works appear here in different venues, they are exhibited a scant few blocks apart. Titian’s monumental late Flaying of Marsyas (ca. 1575) strikes the opening, sonorous chord in the provocative “Unfinished” exhibition arranged in the newly configured Met Breuer. It greets the visitor in the show’s first gallery with its shocking imagery and almost phosphorescent surface. A short walk away at the Frick Collection hangs the magnificent double portrait Charles I and Henrietta Maria Holding a Laurel Wreath (1632) by Anthony Van Dyck. While not as arresting...

 

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