Explore hidden gems and lesser-known artists at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s new exhibit

March 7, 2022

All images courtesy of Alfonso Lozano

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library has opened a new exhibition that brings attention to the wide variety of art, literature, and history from the Iberian Peninsula and South America. Curated by art historian Dr. Madeleine Haddon, Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Museum & Library features select “hidden gems” from the museum’s expansive collection of more than 750,000 pieces, including artworks by El Greco and Goya to masterpieces by lesser-known Latin American artists. The exhibition is open at the Washington Heights museum now through April 17.

Many of the works featured in Nuestra Casa have not been featured regularly at the museum and range in origin from all across the world, including Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, and more. Pieces are in chronological order, starting from the 10th century to the 20th century.

Examples of work on display include Francisco de Goya’s Duchess of Alba (1797) and Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of a Little Girl (c. 1638-42), considered to be some of the museum’s masterpieces. The collection features work from previously unknown artists, many of whom are still unidentified, in addition to the widely regarded work by famous Hispanic artists.

Nuestra Casa only scratches the surface in terms of the breadth of treasures that visitors will be able to come to the HSM&L to see once the museum fully reopens its doors,” Haddon, curator of Nuestra Casa, said. “Visitors will leave with an understanding of the HSM&L as the most significant collection in the United States in which to encounter and learn about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world.”

Many of the pieces from the collection toured the world during the museum’s recent renovation and with the opening of this exhibition are returning home for the first time in five years.

Nuestra Casa is open at the HSM&L at 613 West 155th Street from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until April 17. More information on the exhibition can be found here.


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