About 200 works from the collection of the Hispanic Society of America will be on display at the Prado Museum as a result of a cooperation agreement signed by the Museum and the Society. The collection is one of the most extensive in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American art outside the Iberian Peninsula.
The items on display will include some of the most iconic in the collection of the New York-based institution: archaeological pieces; Islamic and Medieval artworks from Spain; Spanish Golden Age, nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings; and Latin American art from the colonial days to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The exhibition will be divided into sections. The first one (rooms A and B) will offer a chronological and themed arrangement of the art produced in Spain and Latin America: archaeological findings from the Iberian Peninsula, Roman sculpture, ceramic, glass, fabric and metal work, and jewellery from Medieval (both Christian and Islamic), Renaissance and Baroque Spain. Special attention will be paid to Spanish painting and colonial art.
On the upper floor (room C), there will be a selection of Spanish paintings from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as an extraordinary portrait gallery showing the most prominent Spanish scholars and intellectuals of the period.
The exhibition will also focus on the founder of the Hispanic Society, American philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington, and the work done by the Society, Museum and Library for the study and promotion of Hispanic culture in the US.
The Hispanic Society of America was founded by Archer Milton Huntington in New York City on 18 May 1904 as a ‘free public library, museum and educational institution, containing objects of artistic, historic and literary interest,’ for the purposes of the ‘advancement of the study of the Spanish and Portuguese languages, literature and history, and the advancement of the study of the countries wherein Spanish and Portuguese are or have been spoken languages.’