Savoring Museums: The Hispanic Society of New York

One of the perks of living in New York City is the access to all the art. Recently, I visited the Hispanic Society of New York. It wasn’t long ago that a painter friend mentioned the museum and shamefully, I had never heard of it. It bothered me enough to get me to take action and go see it for myself. It was worth the trip uptown to see this place and the history that inhabits it.

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View from second floor.

“As it stands, the terrace is a monument to the classicizing Beaux-Arts architecture of the early 20th century and includes buildings by such architects as Charles Pratt Huntington, Stanford White, and Cass Gilbert.”

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16th Century silver St. Marks

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The best part is how quiet it is. It is not over crowded, on the contrary I call it a secret gem.

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Loved the architecture of the Hispanic society.

“Audubon Terrace, the block between 155th and 156th Streets west of Broadway in upper Manhattan was originally part of a farm belonging to the painter and naturalist, John James Audubon.”

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My favorite exhibit was the ancient decorative arts section.

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This piece and the one above were my two favorites. They were only about 12 inches tall but so much detail went in to these plates.

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A great example of ancient hispanic earthenware and soft-paste
porcelain.

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This particular piece displays the Arab influence in the textile.

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“Magnificent examples of ceramics,
glass, furniture, textiles, ironwork
and jewelry abound among the
more than 6,000 objects in the Hispanic Society’s  varied collections of decorative arts.”

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“The museum also has decorative
and utilitarian examples in
earthenware and soft-paste
porcelain from other centers:
Talavera de la Reina, Alcora,
and Buen Retiro in Spain,
Capodimonte in Italy and
Puebla in Mexico.”

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“When the Hispanic Society opened its doors
to the public in 1908, it already held the
finest collection of Hispano-Moresque
lusterware in the United States, and
one of the best in the world.”

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“Today, the collection consists of more
than 150 objects dating from the
fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.”

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If you are in NY, it is certainly worth the ride on the 1 train. It is donation based, so you decide how much you want to contribute.

The above quotes are from the HSNY website, click below for more info or to visit.

The Hispanic Society of New York

Located on Audubon Terrace
Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets
(212) 926-2234

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