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More than 200 works from Man­hat­tan’s His­panic So­ci­ety Mu­seum & Li­brary are on dis­play in Vi­sions of the His­panic World at the Al­bu­querque Mu­seum, open­ing Satur­day, Nov. 10. The tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion makes its first U.S. stop in the Duke City af­ter a block­buster re­cep­tion at the Prado in Madrid and a brief stay in Mex­ico City. The His­panic So­ci­ety, founded in the early 20th cen­tury by phi­lan­thropist Archer Mil­ton Hunt­ing­ton, has amassed hun­dreds of thou­sands of His­panic works; the se­lec­tion on dis­play in Vi­sions spans from the Ne­olithic to 1920s Spain, in­clud­ing im­por­tant paint­ings by Fran­cisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, and Joaquín Sorolla. On the cover is The Fam­ily of the Gypsy Bull­fighter, 1903, an oil on can­vas by Basque pain­ter Ig­na­cio Zu­loaga; cour­tesy the Al­bu­querque Mu­seum.

But when a se­lec­tion of more than 200 of the His­panic So­ci­ety’s works was on tour at the Prado Mu­seum in Madrid in the spring of 2017, nearly 500,000 visi­tors turned out to ad­mire the col­lec­tion. For­mer King Juan Car­los I and Queen Sofía were among the first at­ten­dees. Fol­low­ing a three-month stay at the Pala­cio de Bel­las Artes in Mex­ico City, the third stop of that roy­ally rec­og­nized, New York Times­dubbed “block­buster” show is Al­bu­querque. Vi­sions of the His­panic World: Trea­sures from the His­panic So­ci­ety Mu­seum & Li­brary opens at the Al­bu­querque Mu­seum on Satur­day, Nov. 10.

Works fea­tured upon the open­ing in­clude an­cient, Is­lamic, me­dieval, and 19th-cen­tury Latin Amer­i­can art, as well as paint­ings by El Greco, Velázquez, and Fran­cisco de Zur­barán. The ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­pand on Dec. 22, when Span­ish art from Goya through the 1920s will be added.

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