Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fabulous New Exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Just a ten minute drive from The Madeleine Inn is the ever-so-popular Museum Hill, home of four of Santa Fe's best museums.  Along with the Wheelwright, International Folk Art and Indian Arts & Culture is the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.   Now on display at the Spanish Colonial is a significantly large and permanent gift of Peruvian art: over sixty pieces have been donated to the museum from the estate of Pedro Gerardo Beltran Espantoso, Peru's Ambassador to the United States in 1944-45 and Prime Minister of Peru from 1959-61.  In addition to the new permanent collection is a large number of objects on long-term loan from the estate.  These rare pieces of Peruvian art, never before seen by the public, will be exhibited at the museum through May 27, 2014.

Some noteworthy pieces on display are a Eglomise painting of the Madonna & Child, an intricate silver panel of Abraham, Isaac & Angel, and a table with marquetry of incised ivory and tortoise shell.  Other items include an exquisite dinner service, jewelry, silver and a selection of paintings.

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting art of the Spanish colonial period.  The Museum showcases over 3700 pieces of art, ranging from historically important pieces to contemporary work.  I recommend arranging for a docent tour, which can be done in advance of your visit by calling 505.982.2226 x 121 or sending an email to

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM

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