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Art Profile: Louisa Wood Ruby, NYC


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Location: The Frick Collection, NYC
Job: Head of Photoarchive Research
Favorite Type of Art: Flemish Landscape Art around the 1600s

The Frick Collection is a small gilded museum of art that features the likes of Van Eyck, Vermeer, Renoir and more. This collection is special in that it’s technically Henry Clay Frick’s house, kept in mint condition after he passed away. His substantial accumulation of art is kept in the same place in which it was kept in his house. Although the collection small, it is of high quality and attracts hundreds of people daily. The downstairs of the house holds traveling exhibitions; in this case the modern artist Twombly and various bronze sculptures.


Ruby works in the Frick Art Reference Library , which collects and chronicles pictures of art from all over the world. Essentially, it is an image library to create a sort of “visual vocabulary” for the art world. These pictures help identify art, provide research material for scholars, and show the process of aging on art through time. As the Head of Photoarchive Research, Ruby enjoys writing about and researching Netherlandish Art, and presents this work at conferences around the world. She has contributed to multiple publications and exhibitions on the subjects of Dutch Art, Sebastian Vrancz, Brueghel, Landscapes in Rome, and Paul Bril. Currently, she is creating a catalog of Jan Brueghel the Elder’s drawings. She also runs the undergrad internship program, which teachers young art students about the art career world.


Ruby graduated from Harvard with a major in Art History, and continued on to NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts where she got her PhD in Art History and Archaeology. Her interest in art began early, though she could never have predicted the path in which she would take to get to her current job at the Frick. It was her professor at Harvard who inspired her to make her passion into a career, which then prompted her to work in Harvard’s art museum doing research. Following this, Ruby was a curator at the New York Public Library, a research assistant at the Met Museum, and a cataloger at the New York Historical Society. Since 2000, she has had a home at the Frick and still feels impassioned about her job, especially as she is the catalyst to a movement of putting the image library online in addition to the physical collection in the Frick.


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This entry was posted on May 21, 2014 by in Interview, Katie, Museum, Profile.
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