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Viceregal America

Artistic magnificence and splendour govern the collections of viceregal America, made up of pieces that represent the Spanish presence in the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Western forms of expression combined with pre-Hispanic and Asian influences, turning the Americas into a cultural melting pot and giving rise to new artistic forms which varied throughout its vast territory.

This department holds paintings, sculptures, furniture, folding screens, lacquerwork and an excellent collection of paintings showing the diversity of techniques and materials used in the Americas.

Within the world of paintings, artists of the stature of Miguel Cabrera, Melchor Pérez de Holguín and Andrés Sanchez Gallque stand out as the creators of religious and secular works, portraits and casta paintings that reflect this cultural mix. Sent to Spain as gifts to the monarch or Church, or forming part of Indigenous household furnishings, all these objects bear witness to the colour, richness and creative talent that characterised the American viceroyalties.

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