The Prado in Madrid has one of the great collections in Europe, but don't miss the remarkable MNAC — it's filled with Catalonian art, most remarkably the 1000-year-old Romanesque frescoes removed from churches in remote regions for protection.
If we read Alejo Fernández's The Virgin of the Navigators closely, we can learn an enormous amount about Spain’s role in exploration, trade and commerce, conquest and colonization, and slavery.
Alonso Berruguete is the most famous sculptor that you have never heard of.
What a camel in New York reveals about medieval Spain.
If you suddenly found yourself the heir to a royal throne, what steps would you take to advertise that you are indeed the rightful inheritor?
Two years before the Spanish expel the Jews and begin their invasion of the Americas, an artist paints an image of redemption.
An imagined garden teeming with curious creatures and bizarre structures. What are we to think?
The sculptor Martínez Montañés was the “God of Wood,” but it’s the painter Pacheco who brought this work to life.
The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.
These statues of the Virgin and Child often held relics. Designed to be mobile, they starred in parades and plays.
Haacke documents the provenance of a Seurat sketch held in a bank vault to lay bare the commodification of art.
Delicate and brightly colored, this statue from Spain combines elegance with solidity, the human with the divine.
Wild! Everything seems transient in this otherworldly scene, but El Greco’s bold colors stay with us.