The Hispanic Society of America

By: Dylan Rodgers

Founded on May 18, 1904, by Archer Milton Huntington, the Hispanic Society of America features more than 800 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings from Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American artists.  The most famous exhibition of the Hispanic Society, that of Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, was recently reopened after a two-year renovation.  Sorolla's Vision of Spain along with other late nineteenth and early twentieth century Spanish and Latin American paintings are in the North Building Galleries.

Another notable painting is that of "The Black Duchess," by Francisco Jose de Goya which is on display at the Hispanic Society.  It is a painting done of the Duchess of Alba in a period of mourning in the late 18th century.

For those interested in less artistic mediums of cultural expression, the Hispanic Society's has an extensive and unparalleled library of 250,000 books and periodicals, some dating before 1701.  Researchers are welcome to peruse through these along with 200,000 manuscripts ranging from the twelfth century to the present.  The Hispanic Society is nothing short of a goldmine for anyone interested in Hispanic history and modern Hispanic culture.

The best part of about the Hispanic Society of America is that they offer their remarkable collection entirely free of charge.  They also provide free 45 minute tours of the collection.

Located at 613 West 155th Street in Harlem, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

For more information on the Hispanic Society of America, click here.

Photo: Mark B. Schlemmer