A Collection without Borders

  • Sep 15, 2023Mar 30, 2024
  • New York, NY


El Costeño / José Agustín Arrieta: El Costeño / The Young Man from the Coast, Puebla, Mexico, after 1843, oil on canvas, 89 × 71 cm. Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America.

This exhibition at the Hispanic Society brings together a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection that celebrates the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Goa, and the Philippines.

Many of these works were acquired by the Hispanic Society’s founder, Archer Milton Huntington (1870–1955) in the early twentieth century, while others were acquired through purchase or donation after his death in 1955. This exhibition takes place in the museum’s Main Gallery, designed by architect Charles Pratt Huntington (1871–1919) under the direction of the museum’s founder. It includes works by El Greco (1541–1614), Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1164), Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828), and Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012), as well as artists from (or active in) Latin America and the Philippines, including Baltasar Echave Ibia (c. 1583–c. 1650), Agustin Arrieta (1803–1874), Miguel Vila Viladrich (1887–1956), and Fernando Zobel (1924–1984).

The exhibition also contains highlights from the museum’s robust decorative arts and sculpture collection from the Iberian Peninsula, Mexico, South America, and Asia, as well as a sculpture by seventeenth-century Spanish artist Luisa Roldán (1652–1706). While many of these works are well-known, others are exhibited here for the first time.

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