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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.

Meadows Museum

Featured museum this month

As a division of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 21st centuries. The primary collection contains works by renowned painters including El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró, Sorolla, Dalí and Picasso. Additional highlights include Renaissance-era altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions, a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya, and select sculptures by major twentieth-century masters, including Rodin, Maillol, Giacometti, Moore, Smith, and Oldenburg.

Spanish artists include Anthonis Mor, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan Alonso Villabrille y Ron, Juan de Borgoña, María Blanchard and Mariano Fortuny.

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Museums

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Bartolomé de Castro, Bernat Martorell, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jaume Mateu, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Juan de Juanes, Rodrigo de Osona the Elder and Santiago Rusiñol.

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.

Norton Simon Museum

Spanish artists include Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan Gris, Juan Rexach and Pedro Fernando.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Spanish artists include Francisco de Zurbarán and Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Diego Velázquez, El Greco and workshop, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Joan Miró, Jusepe de Ribera, Juan Bautista Maíno, Juan de Pareja, Juan Genovés, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Spanish artists include Anonymous / Unknown.

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