Wednesday, March 29, 2006


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Special Exhibits

The Art and Illustrations of Daniel Urrabieta Vierge (1851�1904)

The Hispanic Society of AmericaNew YorkFebruary 16, 2006�April 25, 2006

Although largely forgotten today, Daniel Urrabieta Vierge had attained a distinguished position at the time of his death in 1904, with critics praising the elegance, immediacy, and realism of his work. This exhibition of almost fifty works offers a rare opportunity to reappraise this talented figure.

The Arts of Latin America 1492�1820

The Philadelphia Museum of ArtSeptember 16, 2006�December 31, 2006

A �blockbuster� exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, produced in collaboration with The Hispanic Society of America, to open Fall 2006. Included will be paintings, sculpture, furniture, metalwork, lacquer, ceramics, and other media from all corners of the New World beginning with the European discoveries of 1492 and subsequent and running until the end of the colonial period in the 1820s. The Executive Director and curators of the Society have played an active role in the development of this highly important exhibition.

The Spanish Civil War
The Hispanic Society of America New YorkSeptember 29, 2006�October 29, 2006

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the Hispanic Society will exhibit materials related to personalities and events of the war and its repercussions in the Americas. The exhibition will form part of the international symposium, �Before and After the Spanish Civil War: The American Response�, organized by the Department of Spanish and Lusobrazilian Studies of the Graduate Center, CUNY, with sponsorship from the Instituto Cervantes and the support of the Hispanic Society. The conference will take place at the Instituto Cervantes and the Graduate Center, 28-29 September 2006.

Works by Joaqu�n Sorolla from the Hispanic Society and Sorolla Family Collections
Fundaci�n CaixaGalicia A Coru�a, Spain Beginning Fall, 2006

An unprecedented collaboration between The Hispanic Society of America and the Pons-Sorolla family of Madrid, this presentation brings together a large group of paintings by the Spanish painter, Joaqu�n Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), many of them seldom seen on public exhibition in Spain. The exhibition will take place in the headquarters galleries of the stunning new CaixaGalicia building, destined to be recognized as one of the most important contemporary structures in Europe.

Spanish Old Master Drawings: From the Renaissance to Goya

Museo Nacional del PradoMadrid, Spain Fall, 2006

The Hispanic Society, in collaboration with a benefactor of the Society, is preparing an exhibition of approximately 90 Spanish Old Master Drawings from the late Renaissance to the era of Francisco Goya (from 1580 to about 1820). The selection includes both works in the collections of the Hispanic Society and a stunning group of drawings from a private collection that are promised gifts to the Society. Among the artists represented are Jusepe de Ribera; Alonso Cano; Antonio del Castillo; Bartolom� Murillo; Francisco de Herrera the Elder; Francisco de Herrera the Younger; Francisco Rizi; Claudio Coello; the Renaissance artists Pablo de C�spedes, Luis de Vargas, and Blas del Prado; Francisco Bayeu and other members of Goya�s generation; and of course, twelve works by Goya himself. Many of the drawings are unpublished and will be shown for the first time.

Gallery Talks

Convergence and Diversity: Art of The Hispanic World

In celebration of one hundred years advancing the knowledge and appreciation of Hispanic art and culture, the Museum Department of The Hispanic Society of America has prepared a special series of mini-exhibitions, �Convergence and Diversity: Art of the Hispanic World,� which will take place throughout 2006 in the main patio of the Museum, highlighting objects from the collection. The exhibitions have been selected, in part, to illustrate the contributions of the Society�s founder, Archer Milton Huntington, to Hispanic studies in America. The objects have also been chosen for their rarity, artistic beauty, and historical interest.

Note: Gallery talks will be given on each object by Museum Department curators, generally on the first or second Saturday of each month; dates will be confirmed or announced in monthly mailings and on-line.

Exhibition: The Art and Illustrations of Daniel Urrabieta Vierge (1851�1904)Although largely forgotten today, Daniel Urrabieta Vierge (1851�1904) attained a distinguished position during his lifetime, with critics praising the elegance, immediacy, and realism of his drawings. Drawing on the Hispanic Society�s exceptional collection, this exhibition of almost fifty gouaches, watercolors, and prints offers a rare opportunity to reappraise this talented figure.

Ceramic Baptismal Font in Mud�jar StyleToledo, Spain, ca. 1400 tin-glazed earthenware with green glaze [E503]

The ceramic baptismal font in the Society�s collection represents one of few known examples of its type. The font reflects a crucial moment in Spain�s history when Muslim and Christian artisans worked together peacefully creating a hybrid style of their own. The gallery talk will focus on this hybrid style and how the Church continued to be an important patron of the arts during the later Middle Ages in Spain.


Joaqu�n Sorolla y Bastida and Teodoro Andreu
Four Pictures from the Banus Family Collectionca. 1900-1920oil on canvas [LA2180, LA2181, LA2182, LA2183]

The Banus family, descended from the family of Antonio Garc�a, Sorolla�s father-in-law, has recently brought an intriguing group of pictures to the Society.

Silver Candlesticks mark of Mexico City, 1789-90 Gift of Mrs. Michael Gavin, 1960 [R3548-51] Latin American Colonial Silver offers one of the most splendid branches of the Hispanic arts of design, in part because silver was so plentiful in the American colonies. In Mexico and Lima, where supply met great demand fueled by the vast wealth of the ruling elite, silversmiths created luxurious objects for both secular and ecclesiastical use.

Jet Statuette of Saint James and selected Jet Amulets Galicia, Spain mid-sixteenth century [D800]

Jet, a fossilized carbon mineral related to coal (hence the term, �jet black�), is found in Asturias in northern Spain. During the middle ages, pilgrims to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, began to associate images in this mineral with the shrine. The exhibition investigates an unusual art form and one of the most important devotional phenomena in Europe.

Sebasti�n Mu�oz (Spanish, 1654-1690) Mar�a Luisa, Queen of Spain, Lying in State1689-90 oil on canvas [A64]

Among the most important public events in Madrid were the lying-in-state and funerals of the monarchs and their queens, followed in cities throughout the Hispanic world by exequies, or public commemorations. This painting commemorates the death of Mar�a Luisa (Marie Louise) de Orl�ans, the French princess who was the first wife of Charles II, King of Spain. Said to have died of food poisoning in 1689 at the age of 26, the young queen left many mourning admirers.


Belt Buckle Spanish, Visigothic Period, 6th century A.D.bronze, silver, garnets, and enamels [LR2124]

The Visigoths, the westernmost of the Germanic tribes who invaded Europe in the last centuries of the Roman Empire, dominated southwestern France and Spain from 395 to 711. This stunning object shows multiple influences linking Visigothic arts with works from Byzantium in the East to northern Europe. The gallery talk will also focus on the conservation of the piece and the archaeological information gathered from it.


Nasrid Door and Mud�jar Door Spanish, Granada, 14th century, and Seville, 15th centurycedar and poplar wood, respectively; both polychromed and gilded[D70 and D71]
Indicative of the extraordinary crafts of the architects and decorators of the late Middle Ages, both in Muslim and Christian Spain, these doors also tell the story of the eventual reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by Christian rulers, and the willingness of those rulers to embrace the Islamic arts of the conquered territories.


Over the past several years, the Society has been acquiring numerous works of art from Latin America in the viceregal period � that is, the era from the encounters of 1492 and following years to the coming of independence in the 1820s. This mini-exhibition will focus on a small number of recently acquired works and is intended as a complement to the Society�s collaboration in the large exhibition of Latin American viceregal art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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