The exhibition will go on display from the 21st January 2023.

The Duchess of Alba 1797, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY

The Royal Academy of Arts is to display an exhibition which will celebrate the collection of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York as well as being a visual narrative of the history of Spanish culture.

Spain and the Hispanic World will reflect the great diversity of cultural and religious influences, from Celtic, Islamic, Christian and Jewish to American, African and Asian, that have shaped and enriched Spanish culture across four millennia. Presented chronologically, the selection of over 150 works will include paintings, sculptures, silk textiles, ceramics, lustreware, silver work, precious jewellery, maps, drawings and illuminated manuscripts.

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington and is the home to the most extensive collection of Spanish and Hispanic art outside of Spain.
This is the first time the collection will be presented in the UK.

Among the works selected for the exhibition include The Duchess of Alba, 1797, by Francisco de Goya (1746- 1828) as well as Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, c. 1625-26, and Portrait of a Girl, c. 1638-42, by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660). The exhibition will also include paintings by Luis de Morales (1510/11-1586), El Greco (1541-1614) and Francisco de Zurbarán (1598- 1664) as well as post-Impressionist and modern artists such as Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923), Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945) and José Gutiérrez Solana (1886-1945). The final section of the exhibition will feature a large-scale panoramic gouache for the Vision of Spain, the monumental site-specific mural painted by Sorolla for the Hispanic Society between 1912 and 1919.

Other highlights of the exhibition will include: earthenware bowls from the Bell Beaker culture, c. 2400-1900 BC, Celtiberian jewellery from the Palencia Hoard, c. 150-72 BC, discovered in Palencia in 1911 during the construction of a railway cutting, Hispano-Islamic silk textiles including the Alhambra Silk, c. 1400, which recalls the tile designs of the Alhambra palace complex in Granada, as well as some of the finest examples of lustreware from the 14th -16th centuries from Manises, Valencia.

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