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Educator Inés Powell finds a taste of her homeland, Spain, in the Met.

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Anytime that I feel a little bit nostalgic about Spain, all I have to do is walk around the galleries.

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  • Inés Powell
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  • View of Toledo  |  ca. 1597  |  El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)  |  Oil on canvas  |  H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
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  • Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670)  |  1650  |  Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86)
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  • Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina  |  1787–88  |  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.148)
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  • María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain  |  1651–54  |  Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.43)
    12001024
  • Buckle  |  2nd century b.c.; European Iron Age  |  Celto-Iberian; Spain  |  Rogers Fund, 1990 (1990.62ab)
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  • Plaque  |  10th–early 11th century; Caliphal  |  Attributed to Córdoba, Spain  |  Ivory, quartz, pigment  |  John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
    1280763
  • Plaque  |  10th–early 11th century; Caliphal  |  Attributed to Córdoba, Spain  |  Ivory, quartz, pigment  |  John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
    6431024
  • Plaque  |  10th–early 11th century; Caliphal  |  Attributed to Córdoba, Spain  |  Ivory, quartz, pigment  |  John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
    1280843
  • Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco  |  1506–15  |  Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres)  |  Spanish  |  Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    1280926
  • Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco  |  1506–15  |  Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres)  |  Spanish  |  Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    1280854
  • Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco  |  1506–15  |  Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres)  |  Spanish  |  Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    1280958
  • Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco  |  1506–15  |  Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres)  |  Spanish  |  Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    12781024
  • The Vision of Saint John  |  1608–14  |  El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)  |  Oil on canvas (top truncated)  |  Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.48)
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  • The Vision of Saint John  |  1608–14  |  El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)  |  Oil on canvas (top truncated)  |  Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.48)
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  • Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792)  |  possibly 1790s  |  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41)
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  • Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792)  |  possibly 1790s  |  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41)
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  • Don Gaspar de Guzmán (1587–1645), Count-Duke of Olivares  |  ca. 1635  |  Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Fletcher Fund, 1952 (52.125)
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  • Inés Powell
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  • My name is Inés Powell, and I'm an educator here in the museum. I was born in Bilbao, Spain, and I often think that I'm very lucky to work in this museum

  • because it is very difficult to be homesick. Any time I feel a little bit nostalgic about Spain

  • all I have to do is walk around the galleries. I actually have a special route, which I call my route

  • through Spain. A lot of it is work that I have been seduced by because of

  • its beauty. And other times I have personal connections. Some of these objects were made in the north

  • belt clasp, which was made by the Celts in the Iberian Peninsula. And I love this object because when I was in elementary school, the first chapter of my book dealt with the Celtics. I never thought I was going to see objects such as this one.

  • The Muslims were in Spain for 800 years, so they left us with a lot of objects. And the museum has many of them, large and small ones, but the object that I like best is very, very small. It's the Plaque from a casket and it's made out of ivory.

  • And it's decorated with pairs of animals and beautiful dancing couples.

  • It's so delicate that sometimes I forget that I'm looking at ivory, it looks almost like lace. From that very small object, I like to go to what I consider, and I really think it is,

  • the largest object from Spain in the Metropolitan Museum, the Patio from Vélez Blanco. I love the space. I find the space so elegant, so full of air, and at one point I became so obsessed with the courtyard that I traveled to Spain and I wanted to see what was left of the castle itself.

  • So when I went to the village of Vélez Blanco, it seems that half of the village, including the mayor, came to see me because I was coming from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. After a while they told me that they all wanted to come to see our patio, and I said yes, but I didn't think they were going to come.

  • And about a month later I got an email saying, "Fifteen of the citizens of the village of Vélez Blanco will be in New York in two weeks." And they all came here and they loved the patio. Actually they were crying.

  • They felt that we took care of the patio for them, that if it hadn't been in New York, it would have been destroyed. It was very touching to be with all those people, here in New York.

  • I never finish my special tour of Spain without going to the painting galleries. Of course I go and see one of the works of El Greco that I like most. And actually he dies before he finishes that work. I have heard all my life about this work because before the painting comes to the Met, the painting was in the collection of a painter, and he happened to be my grandparents' friend and neighbor in the little town of Zumaya.

  • It is a very special work for me because I believe that only El Greco could have made such a vision, and to convince you that this is a visual not of this earth. From that painting

  • I always go and see Manuelito. Manuelito is the son of the count of Altamira. He has a very long name for such a little boy, Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga. I go and see Manuelito because Manuelito looks so charming, Manuelito looks so rich

  • but he looks so sad that I always feel like he needs a little bit of company.

  • Once I finish the walk in the museum it's like I have been already in Spain, at least for a few minutes, and I could

  • go back to New York and enjoy everybody's culture.

  • 29.100.6
    View of Toledo, ca. 1597, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
  • 1971.86
    Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670), 1650, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86)
  • 1975.1.148
    Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina, 1787–88, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Oil on canvas Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.148)
  • 49.7.43
    María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain, 1651–54, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.43)
  • 1990.62ab
    Buckle, 2nd century b.c.; European Iron Age, Celto-Iberian; Spain Rogers Fund, 1990 (1990.62ab)
  • 13.141
    Plaque, 10th–early 11th century; Caliphal, Attributed to Córdoba, Spain, Ivory, quartz, pigment John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
  • 41.190.482
    Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco, 1506–15, Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres), Spanish Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
  • 56.48
    The Vision of Saint John, 1608–14, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas (top truncated) Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.48)
  • 49.7.41
    Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792), possibly 1790s, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41)
  • 52.125
    Don Gaspar de Guzmán (1587–1645), Count-Duke of Olivares, ca. 1635, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas Fletcher Fund, 1952 (52.125)
  • View of Toledo, ca. 1597, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
    Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670), 1650, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86)
    Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina, 1787–88, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Oil on canvas Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.148)
    María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain, 1651–54, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.43)
    Buckle, 2nd century b.c.; European Iron Age, Celto-Iberian; Spain Rogers Fund, 1990 (1990.62ab)
    Plaque, 10th–early 11th century; Caliphal, Attributed to Córdoba, Spain, Ivory, quartz, pigment John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
    Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco, 1506–15, Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres), Spanish Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    The Vision of Saint John, 1608–14, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek), Oil on canvas (top truncated) Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.48)
    Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792), possibly 1790s, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish), Oil on canvas The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41)
    Don Gaspar de Guzmán (1587–1645), Count-Duke of Olivares, ca. 1635, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish), Oil on canvas Fletcher Fund, 1952 (52.125)
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    2000–1000 B.C.
    1000 B.C.–1 A.D.
    1–500 A.D.
    500–1000 A.D.
    1000–1400 A.D.
    1400–1600 A.D.
    1600–1800 A.D.
    1800–1900 A.D.
    1900–Present

    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    View of Toledo
    ca. 1597
    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)
    Oil on canvas
    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6)
    On view: Gallery 611
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670)
    1650
    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, and Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), by exchange, supplemented by gifts from friends of the Museum, 1971 (1971.86)
    On view: Gallery 610
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina
    1787–88
    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.148)
    On view: Gallery 612
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain
    1651–54
    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.43)
    On view: Gallery 610
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Buckle
    2nd century b.c.; European Iron Age
    Celto-Iberian; Spain
    Rogers Fund, 1990 (1990.62ab)
    On view: Gallery 301
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    Plaque
    10th–early 11th century; Caliphal
    Attributed to Córdoba, Spain
    Ivory, quartz, pigment
    John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913 (13.141)
    On view: Gallery 457
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco
    1506–15
    Marble of Macael (Sierra de Filabres)
    Spanish
    Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.482)
    On view: Gallery 534
    European Sculpture and Decorative ArtsFirst Floor
    The Vision of Saint John
    1608–14
    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek)
    Oil on canvas (top truncated)
    Rogers Fund, 1956 (56.48)
    On view: Gallery 611
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga (1784–1792)
    possibly 1790s
    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.41)
    On view: Gallery 612
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Don Gaspar de Guzmán (1587–1645), Count-Duke of Olivares
    ca. 1635
    Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish)
    Oil on canvas
    Fletcher Fund, 1952 (52.125)
    On view: Gallery 610
    European PaintingsSecond Floor

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