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wunder Art and Culture (Amanda Wunder)

  • Located in Washington Heights, the Hispanic Society has what may well be the very finest collection of Spanish art to be found anywhere outside of Spain. Highlights include paintings by El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. You can’t miss the recently-restored monumental Vision of Spain by Joaquin Sorolla, a series of colorful paintings depicting the diverse peoples, regions, and traditions of Spain. Admission is always free, and there are free guided tours on Saturdays. This seemingly hidden gem is actually very accessible from Manhattan or the Bronx on the 1 or C trains, at 613 West 155th Street in Harlem (on Broadway).
  • Opening in December just after final exams end, The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bernini will bring over 150 of the unique faces of Renaissance Europe to the Met. The Met always has a spectacular collection of Renaissance art, but this will be a unique opportunity to see portraits from collections far away that rarely if ever come to New York. You can always visit the Met and all of its permanent and special exhibitions for free: recommended student admission is $12, but this is only what is suggested—pay what you can, and you have unlimited access to some of the most beautiful artworks made in human history. The Renaissance portrait special exhibition will run from December 21, 2011, through March 18, 2012. For more information, visit the “Upcoming Exhibitions” section of the Met’s website at www.metmuseum.org.
  • Joaquín Sorolla & the Glory of Spanish Dress (December 8-March 10). Spectacular Spanish costumes (from bullfighter costumes to haute couture) are on display with artworks by the Spanish painter Sorolla in an exhibit curated by fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and Vogue magazine’s André Leon Talley. Admission free. The Spanish Institute, 684 Park Avenue (between 68-69th St., right by Hunter College on the 4 or 6 train line).


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