HIS­PANIC SO­CI­ETY OF AMER­ICA

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Notwith­stand­ing its easy ac­cess, Audubon Ter­race the lo­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Academy of Arts and Let­ters— lies off the beaten path for Man­hat­tan tourists and even most Ne York res­i­dents. The crowds that throng the city’s Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art or Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art sim­ply do not ma­te­ri­al­ize at this out­post a mere five miles to the north, which is part of its ap­peal. Vis­i­tors to Audubon Ter­race which is so named be­cause the com­plex was de­vel-oped on land that be­longed to the fa­mous painter of birds) should not fail to also visit the Academy’s next-door neigh­bor, the His­panic So­ci­ety of Amer­ica, at 613. 155th St. (212-926-2234). This free mu­seum houses a mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of Span­ish art and a strong show­ing of works from Por­tu­gal and Latin Amer­ica. Its par­tic­u­lar strengths in­clude work from the Span­ish Golden Age (by El Greco, Zur­barán, and Murillo) and the works of Span­ish Im­pres­sion­ist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.- You may well have the gal­leries all to your­self.

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