The collection of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society numbers some 3700 pieces as of the end of 2015; all but 35 of these pieces were acquired after 1951. Both religious and secular art make up the collection, including bultos, retablos, paintings on canvas, tin, copper, and hide, books and prints, furniture, tinwork, metalwork, textiles, straw appliqué and ceramics. The collection spans two and one-half centuries, from the mid-18th century to the present, and contains examples from Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, South America, Puerto Rico, India, Europe, Asia, and the Philippines in addition to its core collection from New Mexico.
This online collections database is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and in cooperation with Americorps, Highlands University and the New Mexico State Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a work in progress and new items will be added each week.
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