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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens –businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day– who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Today, The Met is the largest art museum in the Americas and the most-visited museum in the United States. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among 17 curatorial departments, covering 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City – The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

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Spanish collection

The following 12 Spanish artworks are a selection from the collection of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met):

Pyxis

by Anonymous / Unknown, circa 950–975

Medium
Elephant ivory
Dimensions
Overall: 4 5/8 x 4 1/8 in (11.7 x 10.5 cm)
Credits
The Cloisters Collection, 1970.

10th century

Camel

by Anonymous / Unknown, circa 1129–1134

Medium
Fresco transferred to canvas
Dimensions
Overall: 97 x 53 1/2 in (246.4 x 135.9 cm)
Credits
The Cloisters Collection, 1961.
Notes
First half 12th century (possibly 1129–34)

12th century

The Vision of Saint John

by El Greco, circa 1608–1614

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
87 1/2 x 76 in (222.3 x 193 cm); with added strips 88 1/2 x 78 1/2 in (224.8 x 199.4 cm, top truncated)
Credits
Rogers Fund, 1956.

17th century

The Young Virgin

by Francisco de Zurbarán, circa 1632–1633

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
46 x 37 in (116.8 x 94 cm)
Credits
Fletcher Fund, 1927.

17th century

The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine of Alexandria

by Jusepe de Ribera, 1648

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
82 1/2 x 60 3/4 in (209.6 x 154.3 cm)
Credits
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1934.

17th century

Juan de Pareja (ca. 1608–1670)

by Diego Velázquez, 1650

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
32 x 27 1/2 in (81.3 x 69.9 cm)
Credits
Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971.

17th century

Virgin and Child

by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, circa 1670

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
65 1/4 x 43 in (165.7 x 109.2 cm)
Credits
Rogers Fund, 1943.
Notes
1670s

17th century

Mater Dolorosa

by Pedro de Mena, circa 1674–1685

Medium
Partial-gilt polychrome wood
Dimensions
Sculpture only: 24 13/16 × 23 1/8 × 15 in (63 × 58.7 × 38.1 cm); on black base: 26 × 24 3/4 × 16 1/2 in, 44.2 lb (66 × 62.9 × 41.9 cm, 20 kg)
Credits
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Mary Trumbull Adams Fund, and gift of Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family, 2014.

17th century

The Entombment of Christ

by Luisa Roldán (La Roldana), circa 1700–1701

Medium
Polychrome terracotta
Dimensions
Overall: 19 1/2 × 26 × 17 in (49.5 × 66 × 43.2 cm)
Credits
Purchase, several members of The Chairman’s Council Gifts, Walter and Leonore Annenberg Acquisitions Endowment Fund, private donors; The Bernard and Audrey Aronson Charitable Trust Gift, in memory of her beloved husband, Bernard Aronson; Anonymous Gift and Louis V. Bell Fund, 2016.

18th century

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792)

by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, circa 1787–1788

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
50 x 40 in (127 x 101.6 cm)
Credits
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949.

18th century

Self-portrait

by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, circa 1796

Medium
Brush and point of brush, carbon black ink, on laid paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 5 7/8 × 3 9/16 in (15 × 9.1 cm)
Credits
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935.

18th century

Seated Giant

by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, circa 1818

Medium
Burnished aquatint, scaper, roulette, lavis (along the top of the landscape and within the landscape)
Dimensions
Plate: 11 3/16 × 8 3/16 in (28.4 × 20.8 cm); Framed: 21 3/4 × 19 in (55.2 × 48.3 cm)
Credits
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935.

19th century