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Spanish art started being collected by North Americans as a private initiative and was later followed by museums. The initial interest in Spanish art from the Golden Age was later extended to more recent periods in time. During this process, Spanish art went from being perceived as something eccentric in the history of art to being placed at the very center of the canon within the context of modernity. Nowadays, Spanish art has a country-wide presence that goes from coast to coast.

María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, “Spanish Art in the United States” by in Illustrating Spain in the US (2022).

Spanish Art in the US aims to map the most relevant Spanish art pieces across the country and highlight the work of museums and institutions in the U.S. with Spanish art in their collections.

Have you ever thought of how a particular art piece arrived at a certain museum or what is the story behind a world-famous artwork? Spanish Art in the US walks you into the world of Spanish art and helps you discover all its hidden secrets.

Please note that this is a work in progress and that more museums will be added shortly. View the latest updates.

Museums

Explore the collection by museum holdings:

Cleveland Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Agustín Esteve y Marqués, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jusepe de Ribera, Mariano Fortuny, Master of Rubielos de Mora and Pablo Picasso.

LACMA

Spanish artists include Alonso Cano, Castillo y Saavedra, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera, José Leonardo, Master of Osma and Vicente López y Portaña.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Spanish artists include Eduardo Chillida, Isabel Quintanilla Martínez, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Spanish artists include Anonymous / Unknown, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jusepe de Ribera, Luisa Roldán (La Roldana) and Pedro de Mena.

Harn Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Antoni Tàpies, Francisco Canes and Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes.

Walters Art Museum

Spanish artists include Alonso Cano, Alonso Sánchez Coello, Anonymous / Unknown, Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala, El Greco, Mariano Fortuny, Martín Rico y Ortega, Pedro Orrente and Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta.

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Artists

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Periods

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Updates

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