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The Hispanic Society of America

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The Hispanic Society of America
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The Hispanic Society boasts the largest assemblage of Spanish art and manuscripts outside Spain. Goya’s masterful Duchess of Alba greets you as you enter, while several haunting El Greco portraits can be found on the second floor. The collection is dominated by religious artifacts, including 16th-century tombs from the monastery of San Francisco in Cuéllar, Spain. Also on display are decorative art objects and thousands of black-and-white photographs that document life in Spain and Latin America from the mid 19th century to the present. In May 2010, one of the highlights of the collection—Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s Vision of Spain, comprising 14 monumetal oils commissioned by the Society in 1911—returned to a renovated gallery after a three-year tour of Spain.


Venue name: The Hispanic Society of America
Address: Audubon Terrace, 613 W 155th St
New York
Cross street: at Broadway
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 10am–4:30pm; Sun 1–4pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 157th St
Price: Free
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The New York Hispanic Society has to be one of New York's most under appreciated museums. Located in Washington Heights this small, but beautiful museum features works by notable Hispanic artists like Goya, El Greco and Diego Velazquez as well as other famous artists like John Singer Sargent. Founded in 1904 by Archer Huntington, an advocate for Hispanic studies, it has a rich history and is now a dedicated national historic landmark. The space itself is a remarkable work of art and a stunning example of the beaux arts style. My favorite part of the museum is the Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida room, which features 360 degrees of large murals. Also make sure to check out the painting Spanish Dancers by John Singer Sargent. The museum is free to the public and open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm. It will be undergoing a major renovation to expand soon that will close it to the public for a while so catch this beauty while you can. You won't be disappointed.