Hispanic Society of America

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Spanish professor María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco presents the Hispanic Society of America, the New York museum and library that holds the major Spanish art collection outside Spain.

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with the object of establishing a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of the Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, into the 20th century.

With more than 900 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings, the Hispanic Society offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish painting and drawing, including masterworks by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla. Similarly, the collection of sculpture contains outstanding pieces from the first millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Magnificent examples of ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, ironwork, and jewelry abound among the more than 6,000 objects in the Society’s varied collections of decorative arts.

Among the works on paper, 15,000 prints and more than 175,000 photographs afford a unique view into the graphic arts, culture and customs of Spain from the seventeenth to the early 20th century. The Library offers unrivaled resources for researchers with more than 300,000 books and periodicals, including 15,000 volumes printed before 1701, along with over 250,000 manuscripts, letters, and documents dating from the 11th century to the present.

  • Visual arts
  • New York

Hispanic Society of America


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Hispanic Society Museum & Library, 613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032

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