Hispanic Society NYC, or The Hispanic Museum & Library, is a research library and museum that holds one of the world’s great art collections of the culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines.
Hispanic Society News
May 31, 2022
NYC’s Spanish Museum
The Museum is the most important collection of Hispanic culture outside of Spain. It holds masterworks by Goya, El Greco, and Velázquez. The Sorolla room is stunning for the way it holds the light. There are priceless old maps including a couple by Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), for whom the Americas are named.
Europeans know the collection better than New Yorkers do. The Prado in Madrid, Spain’s most important art museum, says the Hispanic Society collection is more complete than theirs. When parts of the collection tour Madrid, lines stretch around the block.
The Hispanic Society was founded in 1904 by Archer Huntington (1870-1955) to be a Spanish museum. He started collecting as a child on family trips to Europe. The Huntington Family made their fortune in California railroads.
December 4, 2012
Washington Heights, NYC
The opera singer sang Spanish boleros for the Duchess of Alba (Goya) a lady of Spain, who watched coyly without saying a word
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New York opera singer Anna Tonna sings Spanish Boleros at the Hispanic Society in Washington Heights, Dec 4, 2012.