CEEH Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica

«Collecting Spanish Art: Spain’s Golden Age and America’s Gilded Age»

The Frick Collection, Nueva York 21 - 22 November 2008

Symposium organized by the Center for the History of Collecting in America in collaboration with the CEEH


The symposium Collecting Spanish Art: Spain’s Golden Age and America’s Gilded Age, jointly devised by the Center for the History of Collecting in America with the CEEH in honor of Jonathan Brown, will bring together research scholars, professors and curators of Spanish and American museums.

In 2007 The Frick Collection established the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library to stimulate awareness and study of the formation of fine-and decorative-arts collections, from Colonial times to the present, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history. The Center’s public programs provide a forum for thoughtful exchange that may expand and further stimulate scholarship in this discipline. To serve this community of scholars, the Center hosts symposia and colloquia and creates the tools needed for access to primary documents generated by art collectors and dealers.

News of this symposium has been published on the Instituto Cervantes website, where an extract of José Luis Colomer’s paper Competing for a Velázquez: New York Collectors, 1880-1914 is mentioned.


First Session

Friday, 21st November 2008, 15:30


Anne L. Poulet
Director, The Frick Collection

Inge Reist,
Director, Center for the History of Collecting in America

Introductory Remarks

Jonathan Brown
New York University, Nueva York

Keynote Address

Spain’s Golden Age in the United States, 1892-1936. An Historical Overview
Richard Kagan
Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore


The Spanish Participation in the Philadelphia (1876) and Chicago (1893). Expositions
Javier Barón, Head of the Department of Nineteenth-century Painting
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

“Civil dissension, bad government, and religious intolerance”: Spanish Display at the Philadelphia Centennial and in Gilded Age. Private Collections

M. Elizabeth Boone, Department of Art and Design
University of Alberta, Edmonton

“Here One Feels Existence”: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Spanish Cloister

Ellen Prokop, Associate Photoarchivist
Frick Art Reference Library, New York

Panel Discussion

Jonathan Brown, Moderator


Second Session

Saturday, 22nd November 2008, 15:30


Henry Clay Frick and Spanish Art
Susan Galassi, Senior Curator
The Frick Collection, Nueva York

Archer Milton Huntington and Spanish Art
Marcus Burke, Curator
Hispanic Society of America, Nueva York

Hearst and Spain

Mary L. Levkoff, Curator of European Sculpture and Classical Antiquities
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Oil and Canvas: The Algur H. Meadows Collection of Spanish Art

Mark A. Roglán, Director
The Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas


The Early Appeal of a Spanish Master: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt,
Independent Scholar, New York

Collecting Goya

M. Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Department of Art History
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Competing for a Velázquez: Huntington, Frick, Altman, Bache

José Luis Colomer, Director
Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid

Panel Discussion

Jonathan Brown, Moderator