New Spain: c. 1521 – 1821

Here you’ll find art and culture from the time of the European invasion of the Americas to the end of the colonial era—including one of the most remarkable examples of cross cultural influence ever made (the Screen with the Siege of Belgrade and Hunting Scene).

Once there was a color so valuable that emperors and conquistadors coveted it, and so did kings and cardinals. Artists went wild over it. Pirates ransacked ships for it.

The Bug That Had the World Seeing ...

After Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492, items from the Americas were shipped to Europe where they were perceived as exotic items of wonder and fascination.

The Medici collect the Americas

New Spain
The Spanish reused the stones of pagan temples to build their new capital atop the Aztec city, Tenochtitlan.

New Spain, an introduction