Uptown Gem: The Hispanic Society of AmericaSunday, January 19, 2014
Joined the NYC Urban Sketchers this weekend at the Hispanic Society of America, on Broadway at 155th Street. It's so lovely to discover places that aren't tourist-mobbed. Founded in the early 1900s, the museum/library showcases paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative arts. Its two-storey central court proved a sienna-hued oasis on this snowy/sleety winter day. The "Vision of Spain" murals by Joaquin Sorolla alone are worth the visit -- they fill an entire octagonal room and are luminous, larger-than-life, drenched with color. If you like Sargent, these are a must-see.