Hispanic Society Museum & Library

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Tucked in the Beaux Arts structure on Audubon Terrace, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library was founded by Archer Milton Huntington in 1904 to study the culture and arts of Portugal, Spain and the former colonies of Portuguese India, Latin America and Philippines. There are over 900 paintings, 6000 drawings and watercolors representing the Spanish drawing and painting from artists like Goya, El Greco and Velazquez and sculptures sourced from the 1st millennium B.C up to the early twentieth century.

There are over 6000 variegated decorative art collections of glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, ironwork and furniture. The paperworks include 15000 prints reflecting the Spanish graphic arts from the 17th to 20th century and over 175000 photographs representing the cultural history of the countries from 1850 to 20th century. Researchers and enthusiasts can access more than three hundred thousand periodicals and books including more than 250000 manuscripts namely Black Book of Hours, 15000 volumes that were printed before 1701, documents and letters from the 11th century till date. Regular exhibitions are held in accordance with the rich scholarly publication traditions of the society and illustrated catalogue is provided. The objects from Paleolithic to the 20th century are categorized under ancient, prehistoric, medieval Iberian, Spanish and Portuguese, Portugues Goa of India and Portuguese and Spanish-speaking Latin American.     

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900 paintings, 6000 drawings and watercolors, over 6000 variegated decorative art, 15000 prints, 300000 periodicals and books, documents and letters from the 11th century till date. 

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