Xavier F. Salomon is the Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection

Held deer: a detail from a tapestry woven in Brussels in 1550–60. Wawel Royal Castle, Kraków.

How Kraków’s royal tapestries returned to their rightful home

These great tapestries have a turbulent history that has seen them held by Russia and in Canada – but now they’re back in the rooms where they first hung

21 Jun 2021

A masterpiece of Roman design, rediscovered in Nicaragua

Long thought lost by scholars, a spectacular silver gilt monstrance by Luigi Valadier has now been tracked down to a Central American basilica

24 May 2021
Portrait of Pietro Aretino (detail), (1527), here attributed to Titian. Kunstmuseum Basel

‘An important work by Titian has been hiding in plain sight’

A lost portrait of the 16th-century writer Pietro Aretino may have been at the Kunstmuseum Basel for the last hundred years

20 Sep 2019
Marchesa Luisa Casati with Peacock Feathers Marchesa Luisa Casati with Peacock Feathers

Canes, corsets and peacock feathers – ‘Boldini and Fashion’ reviewed

The Ferrarese painter spent his career capturing the whims of fashion – but the results are far from superficial

21 May 2019
The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin (detail; 1424–34), Fra Angelico. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

‘Few painters in Renaissance Italy used gold to such dazzling effect’

Four reliquaries by Fra Angelico have been reunited for the first time since the 19th century

10 May 2018
The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin

Fra Angelico in Boston, Scarpa’s glass, and Tintoretto at 500

The chief curator of the Frick Collection picks out his highlights for the year ahead

5 Jan 2018
Exposition of Moses (1654), Nicholas Poussin. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Cataloguing the Ashmolean’s baroque paintings is no mean feat

The Oxford museum’s lavish new publication is a triumph of scholarship

27 Sep 2017
Frescoes in the Tomb of the Augurs, Necropolis of Monterozzi, Tarquinia. Courtesy Mibact. Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per l'Area Metropolitana di Roma, la Provincia di Viterbo e l'Etruria Meridionale

D.H. Lawrence among the Etruscans

Is D.H. Lawrence’s account of the archaeological sites of Etruria still relevant today?

5 Aug 2017
'Michelangelo & Sebastiano', installation view, National Gallery, London

Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s fraught but fertile friendship

An ambitious exhibition at the National Gallery traces the productive overlaps between these two Renaissance masters

4 May 2017
Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, (c. 1300-05), Giovanni da Rimini.

Guercino, Giovanni da Rimini and Murillo

There are some excellent in-focus exhibitions opening around the world in 2017, including a chance to see Guercino’s frescoes up-close, and a revealing look at the school of Rimini

27 Dec 2016

Della Robbia’s glazed terracotta changed Tuscan art

This superb exhibition makes us look at terra invetriata – a prodigious combination of earth, glass, and fire – through the eyes of 15th-century Tuscans

25 Oct 2016

Borrowing a baroque masterpiece

Xavier F. Salomon explains why he is so keen to show one of Guido Cagnacci’s most important paintings at the Frick

2 Oct 2016

12 Days: Highlights of 2016

Xavier Salomon’s highlights include Old Masters in Italy, the Le Nain brothers in the US, and a celebration of Hieronymus Bosch in Madrid

27 Dec 2015

First Look: ‘Goya and the Altamira Family’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

‘Goya and the Altamira Family’ reunites five family portraits by Goya and his collaborator Agustín Esteve

14 Apr 2014