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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, with new museums being added regularly. View the latest updates.

National Gallery of Art

Featured museum this month

The National Gallery of Art serves as a center of visual art, education, and culture. Its collection of more than 150,000 paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings spans the history of Western art. For the breadth, scope, and magnitude of its collections, the National Gallery is widely considered to be one of the greatest museums in the U.S., often ranking alongside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Of the top three art museums in the United States by annual visitors, it is the only one that has no admission fee. In 2021, it attracted more than 1,700,000 visitors, and ranked fifth on the list of most visited art museums in the world.

Spanish artists include Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Francisco Antonio Ruiz Gijón, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan de Flandes, Juan Gris, Juan van der Hamen y León, Luis Meléndez, Luisa Roldán (La Roldana), Mariano Fortuny and Master of the Catholic Kings.

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Museums

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Alexandria Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Àlvar Suñol Muñoz-Ramos.

Harvard Art Museums

Spanish artists include Anonymous / Unknown, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Joan Miró, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan Gris, Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Lluís Borrassà and Pablo Picasso.

Rollins Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Felipe Vigarny, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes and Jaume Plensa.

LACMA

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

Dalí Museum

Spanish artists include Salvador Dalí.

National Gallery of Art

Spanish artists include Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Francisco Antonio Ruiz Gijón, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan de Flandes, Juan Gris, Juan van der Hamen y León, Luis Meléndez, Luisa Roldán (La Roldana), Mariano Fortuny and Master of the Catholic Kings.

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Artists

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Updates

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