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The volume contains two full-page images that underscore the great significance of these documents as a corpus of portra...
07/09/2019

The volume contains two full-page images that underscore the great significance of these documents as a corpus of portraits of Golden Age Spain. As the rich collection of the Hispanic Society attests, they afford an invaluable glimpse of the period.

In this donor portrait, Domingo Castañeda kneels with his wife and children before an altar with statues of the Virgin, Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine. Whereas few 17th-century canvases depict Spanish families together, these documents often feature such images. In this regard, manuscripts like this one add considerably to an appreciation of 17th-century Spain. The illuminator displays great subtlety in his depiction of the faces and the details of the costume and attributes, including the woman’s veil, tassels of the pillows they kneel on, and the book from which one of the boys reads. The polychromed statues on the altarpiece are also remarkable for seeming almost as alive as the donor and his family.

IMAGE: Letters of Patent Nobility of Petitioner Captain Domingo Castañeda Velasco, fol. 1v, Illumination on parchment, Valladolid, Spain, 1628

IMAGE: Sewing Box, Mexican lacquer and paint on wood with silver lockplate, silk and brass tacks, Michoacán, Pátzcuaro...
07/01/2019

IMAGE: Sewing Box, Mexican lacquer and paint on wood with silver lockplate, silk and brass tacks, Michoacán, Pátzcuaro, Mexico, ca. 1800

IMAGES: (1) Plaque with Scene of Saint Anthony and Child, Royal Ceramic Factory of Alcora, tin-glazed earthenware, 1736-...
06/28/2019

IMAGES: (1) Plaque with Scene of Saint Anthony and Child, Royal Ceramic Factory of Alcora, tin-glazed earthenware, 1736-49 | (2) Plaque with Scene from the Life of the Virgin after Joseph Sebastian Klauber, Royal Ceramic Factory of Alcora, tin-glazed earthenware, 1752-64 | (3) A Bishop Saint (Ambrose or Augustine), Royal Ceramic Factory of Alcora, soft paste porcelain, 1790-1850

Today is the first day of Summer!!! Let's celebrate with these charming miniature beach scenes by Joaquín Sorolla y Bas...
06/21/2019

Today is the first day of Summer!!! Let's celebrate with these charming miniature beach scenes by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida!

IMAGES: (1) Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, San Sebastián (Parasol), oil on panel, 1904-06 | (2) Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, The Beach, Biarritz (Ladies Walking), oil on cardboard, 1906 | (3) Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, The Beach, Valencia (Children), oil on cardboard, before 1909

Did you know that this self-portrait by Ignacio Zuloaga is currently on view at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao in t...
06/18/2019

Did you know that this self-portrait by Ignacio Zuloaga is currently on view at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao in the exhibition Zuloaga 1870-1945?

IMAGE: Ignacio Zuloaga, Portrait of the Artist, oil on canvas, 1909 | Currently on view at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain, through October 20, 2019.

Happy Father's Day from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library!IMAGE: Miguel Viladrich Camarasa, Father of the Artist, oi...
06/16/2019

Happy Father's Day from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library!

IMAGE: Miguel Viladrich Camarasa, Father of the Artist, oil on canvas, 1912

Happy Birthday to Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, born this day in 1838 in Reus, Spain!IMAGE: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, A Sket...
06/11/2019

Happy Birthday to Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, born this day in 1838 in Reus, Spain!

IMAGE: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, A Sketch, oil on canvas, 1862-63

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library acquired in March a finely carved domed chest of Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata), ...
06/09/2019

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library acquired in March a finely carved domed chest of Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata), that was produced in the first half of the 18th century in the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos (eastern Bolivia). All four sides, as well as the exterior and interior of the domed lid, are carved in high relief. The front of the chest and the lid, both exterior and interior, prominently display double-headed Habsburg eagles, a popular decorative motif that persisted in South America well after the end of the Habsburg dynasty in Spain in 1700. In addition to the floral and foliate designs that cover the chest, framed panels on the ends and lid display flower baskets with and without stylized birds, and a flower vase, each with a flower hanging down on each side.

Inspired by the “ideal cities” envisioned by 16th-century humanist philosophers, the Jesuits founded eleven missions between 1691 and 1760 among the various indigenous tribes of the region which spoke the Chiquitano language. The Jesuits introduced new technologies to the Chiquitano, such as carpentry and wood carving which they quickly mastered and employed in the construction of the mission churches whose unique architectural style combines European and local traditions. These skills also were applied to the production of writing boxes, cabinets, chests, and tables which were intricately carved or embellished with elaborate marquetry designs composed of local woods. After the expulsion of the Jesuit from Spanish territories in 1767, the mission settlements of the Chiquitos and their associated culture have survived largely intact up to the present. Six of these former missions, now municipalities, collectively were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

Happy Birthday to Diego Velázquez, born this day in 1599 in Seville, Spain!This portrait is presumed to be the picture ...
06/06/2019

Happy Birthday to Diego Velázquez, born this day in 1599 in Seville, Spain!

This portrait is presumed to be the picture listed in Velázquez’s death inventory under no. 178, “another portrait, of a [young] girl, ” (“178 – Otro retrato, de vna niña”). While the vague entry makes any certain identification impossible, the Hispanic Society work is the only extant image by Velázquez that fits the inventory description.

Scholars continue to puzzle over the identification of the figure, but the picture undeniably represents an intimate portrayal of someone probably close to the artist. Moreover, it occupies a distinct place in his oeuvre as one of only two images he created of non-royal children, and the only one as a single figure portrait. Who is this charming but solemn young lady, with just a hint of a smile?

IMAGE: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Portrait of a Little Girl, oil on canvas, ca. 1638–42 (Detail)

Happy birthday to Arabella Duval Huntington, born this day in 1851 in Richmond, Virginia! Arabella was the mother of the...
06/01/2019

Happy birthday to Arabella Duval Huntington, born this day in 1851 in Richmond, Virginia! Arabella was the mother of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library's Founder, Archer Milton Huntington.

Following her marriage to Collis Potter Huntington, the railroad and shipbuilding magnate, Arabella Huntington went on to form one of the most important art collections of the early twentieth century, focusing on Dutch Old Master paintings, eighteenth century English portraits, and eighteenth-century French decorative arts.

Her collection included such renowned paintings as Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669); Woman with a Lute, by Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675); The Blue Boy, by Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788); and Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse, by Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792).

On her death in 1924, most of the Collis and Arabella Huntington collections were donated to various museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), and The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens.

IMAGE: Oswald Birley, Mrs. Henry E. Huntington (Arabella Duvall Yarrow Huntington), oil on canvas, 1924

05/19/2019

For the Throne.

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05/19/2019

For the Throne.

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05/19/2019

For the Throne.

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The Hispanic Society Museum & Library is thrilled to welcome, once again, Sylvan Winds - this time in the courtyard for ...
05/17/2019

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library is thrilled to welcome, once again, Sylvan Winds - this time in the courtyard for an outdoor concert! Join us, this Sunday - May 19, 2019, for this exciting concert celebrating Latin culture, with music from the Iberian peninsula, as well as from the many countries of our Hispanic neighbors!

Performed by: Sylvan Winds
DATE: Sunday, May 19, 2019
TIME: Concert at 3:00 pm
PLACE: Audubon Terrace
Broadway Between 155th & 156th Streets

Refreshments to follow.

Happy Mother's Day from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library! Let's celebrate with these portraits of the artist's moth...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library! Let's celebrate with these portraits of the artist's mothers by José María López Mezquita, Francisco Domingo y Marqués, and Miguel Viladrich Vilá

IMAGES: José María López Mezquita, The Mother of the Artist, 1904 | Francisco Domingo y Marqués, My Mother, ca. 1865 | Miguel Viladrich Vilá, Dolores Vila de Viladrich, Mother of the Artist, 1912

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Señora de Sorolla in White, oil on canvas, 1902
05/06/2019

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Señora de Sorolla in White, oil on canvas, 1902

#aboutlastnight : Thank you so much to all who attended last night's concert: Music for Guitar, Voice, Flute and Dance b...
05/03/2019

#aboutlastnight : Thank you so much to all who attended last night's concert: Music for Guitar, Voice, Flute and Dance by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999). The concert was performed by Federico Diaz, (Guitar), Svjetlana Kabalin (Flute), Anna de la Paz (Classical Spanish Dancer), and Anna Tonna (Mezzo-soprano) at The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

We hope to see you at our next concert, an extraordinary program performed by the Sylvan Winds on Sunday, May 19, 2019. For more information please visit: https://www.sylvanwinds.com/events/2019/5/19/ddlmdr/

To RSVP: [email protected]

IMAGES: Photography by Alfonso Lozano | https://www.alfonsolozanofilms.com | @alfonfon_lozano

IMAGE: Bottle, glass, Roman, 0-199 CE
04/30/2019

IMAGE: Bottle, glass, Roman, 0-199 CE

Who's ready for the Battle of Winterfell?! IMAGES: (Both) Petrus Nyland, Het schouw-toneel der aertsche schepselen, afbe...
04/28/2019

Who's ready for the Battle of Winterfell?!

IMAGES: (Both) Petrus Nyland, Het schouw-toneel der aertsche schepselen, afbeeldende allerhande menschen, beesten, vogelen, visschen, &c., Amsterdam, 1671-1672

IMAGE: Attributed to Francisco Dionisio de Ribas, Blessing Christ Child (El Niño Jesús), polychrome wood, 1645
04/27/2019

IMAGE: Attributed to Francisco Dionisio de Ribas, Blessing Christ Child (El Niño Jesús), polychrome wood, 1645

#aboutlastnight : We are delighted to announce that last night, The Hispanic Society Museum & Library was presented with...
04/24/2019

#aboutlastnight : We are delighted to announce that last night, The Hispanic Society Museum & Library was presented with the Lucy G. Moses Award by The New York Landmarks Conservancy, for excellence in historic preservation, on our recently completed roof replacement project. The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honor for outstanding preservation efforts.

IMAGES: (1) From left to right: Margaret Connors-McQuade, Assistant Director of the HSML; Philippe de Montebello, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy; and Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President | (2) Program from the 29th annual Lucy G. Moses Awards | (3) The Hispanic Society's roof

In 1901, Rusiñol undertook a series of pictures of Calvarios, religious precincts dedicated to the Fourteen Stations of...
04/24/2019

In 1901, Rusiñol undertook a series of pictures of Calvarios, religious precincts dedicated to the Fourteen Stations of the Cross, used as the setting for processions during Holy Week but also throughout the year as places of devotion. He eventually painted fourteen, with ten alone dating from the 1901–02 series.

Two of these were painted at the Calvario located on the hill overlooking Sagunto, a city north of Valencia, in mid-1901. Photographs of Rusiñol in his studio taken as late as 1916 show the Hispanic Society canvas still in his collection. They also show
different dimensions than the picture has now, and from what it had in the exhibitions of the 1920s. Apparently, Rusiñol decided to emphasize the horizontal
dimension of the composition, and reduced the lower edge accordingly, folding it under the stretcher, then re-signed the work.

IMAGE: Santiago Rusiñol Prats, Calvario at Sagunto, Day’s End, oil on canvas, 1901

#TBT to Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida painting a portrait of William E.B. Starkweather, ca. 1908. Swipe left to see the fin...
04/18/2019

#TBT to Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida painting a portrait of William E.B. Starkweather, ca. 1908. Swipe left to see the finished work.

In addition to being Joaquín Sorolla's pupil, William E.B. Starkweather served as an adjunct curator at the Hispanic Society from 1910 to 1916. He also functioned as Sorolla's guide, interpreter, artistic assistant, studio mate, and confidant on Sorolla's 1909 and 1911 visits to the United States.

IMAGES: (1) Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida painting (2) Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, William E.B. Starkweather, oil on canvas, 1909.

Let's celebrate Holy Week (April 14-20 2019) with this procession scroll by "Pancho" Fierro!The Holy Week procession scr...
04/15/2019

Let's celebrate Holy Week (April 14-20 2019) with this procession scroll by "Pancho" Fierro!

The Holy Week procession scroll depicts the Calle de San Agustín in Lima, filled with a series of pasos, or religious floats telling the story of the Passion of Christ. Although Mercedarians, friars of other orders, and secular priests appear, the day is clearly dominated by the Augustinians, who both lead and end the parade.

The scroll is intended to be unrolled from left to right. Leading the pasos is the famous statue of Death Triumphant by Baltazar Gavilán (ca. 1708?–ca. 1753?), still preserved in the Church of San Agustín, Lima, from where it has been carried in Holy Week processions for over 250 years. The floats that follow are the Palm Sunday Entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Taking of Christ, the Flagellation, the Via Crucis, the Raising of the Cross, and the Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist.

The scroll gives the modern viewer a highly detailed view of early republican Lima, with shop signs, members of society from the highest elite to the humblest street vendors, details of the typical Lima balconies, and costumes of every kind.

IMAGE: “Pancho” Fierro (Francisco Fierro Palas), Holy Week Procession on the Calle de San Agustín, Lima, Peru, Watercolor on paper, 1830s

Spring may have just begun, but Winter is Coming! Let's celebrate the return of GAME OF THRONES with these dragons from ...
04/14/2019

Spring may have just begun, but Winter is Coming! Let's celebrate the return of GAME OF THRONES with these dragons from the Hispanic Society's Collection!

IMAGES: (1) Plate, earthenware with cuerda seca decoration, Seville, ca. 1500 | (2) José Freire de Monterroyo Mascarenhas, "Relaçam de hum formidavel e horrendo monstro silvestre, que foy visto, e morto nas visinhanças de Jerusalem", Lisbon, 1726 | (3) Adriano de las Cortes, Primera parte de la Relación que escriue el Padre Adriano de las Cortes de la Compañía de Jesús del viaje, naufragio y captiverio que con otras personas padeçió en Chaucheo, Reyno de la Gran China, ink on paper (text on rice paper and drawings on European paper), Manila, 1626–29 | (4) Bible. O.T. Hebrew, illuminated manuscript on vellum, Spain and Portugal, after 1450–97 (Detail).

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco in Spain, was born in 1541 on Crete, then a possession of the Venetian empire....
04/11/2019

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco in Spain, was born in 1541 on Crete, then a possession of the Venetian empire. Trained in the local late Byzantine style, he subsequently studied the works of Titian (ca. 1489–1576) in Venice in the late 1560s, coming under the influence of Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto (1518–1594) as well, and then moved to Rome around 1570, where he was notably influenced by the works of Michelangelo (1475–1564).

Around 1576–77, El Greco came to Spain, unsuccessfully seeking the patronage of King Philip II but nevertheless attracting the attention of theological circles around the Toledo Cathedral. Although El Greco’s style and artistic theory clung to the then-dominant Mannerist movement, his works often have surprisingly naturalistic touches, and he was among the first artists to develop the new imagery demanded by the Catholic Church in the Counter-Reformation period.

The Christian devotional image called a Pietà (after its Italian name), is derived from the Biblical accounts of Christ’s Passion and death but is not in itself described in the Bible. From the Middle Ages, artists developed the moment of private mourning interpolated between the Crucifixion and Deposition from the Cross on the one hand and the Burial of Christ on the other.

IMAGE: Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco, Pietà, oil on canvas, ca. 1574–76

This late Gothic reliquary crucifix is decorated with colorful champlevé leaf and floral forms surrounding a cast cruci...
04/07/2019

This late Gothic reliquary crucifix is decorated with colorful champlevé leaf and floral forms surrounding a cast crucified Christ on the obverse; the reverse has the same decoration with four quatrefoils of the evangelists with translucent enamel similar to the Catalan technique surrounding an enamel champlevé Agnus Dei. The upper portion, a hollow patriarchal crucifix that comes apart to hold a relic of the true cross, has been adapted for use as an altar cross. The Gothic architectural knop consisting of a four-sided shaft carved with round-arched niches backed with blue enamel, shelters cast figures of prophets with scrolls. Above them, a Gothic canopy with four turrets ending in a total of eight supports leads to a separated eight-sided crown. The base of the crucifix has the form of a cross fleury with four enamel roundels in the indentations showing a green lion rampant on a red ground.

The object is both difficult to date and even more difficult to assign to a local school. The reliquary cross, which may intentionally imitate eastern examples,
offers simple geometrical forms decorated with the colors of the enamel. The knop assembly, on the other hand, is an energetic late Gothic architectural fantasy, with the curious touch of the crown element hovering over the rest on the reconstructed shaft. The architectural elements find parallels in Valencian, Catalan, and Aragonese crucifixes, reliquaries, and chalices. The flowing base also finds parallels in these geographical areas, as well as in Mallorcan examples. The best approximation may be that an early 14th-century patriarchal reliquary cross was modified around the turn of the 15th century at a center in Eastern Spain to adapt it to contemporary design preferences.

IMAGE: Reliquary Cross, Crown of Aragón, silver gilt with champlevé and translucent enamels, early 1300s and ca. 1375–1450

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