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Thursday
Aug092007

Hispanic Society Stays; Its Art Travels

Originally published in Manhattan Times 

View of the society's central court from the mezzanine.Fernando Martin Diez-Cabeza, a Spaniard who currently resides in Germany, is a painter and a designer for the fashion label Escada. On a recent Saturday morning, he moved swiftly through the galleries of The Hispanic Society of America calling out the names of the artists without glancing at the nameplates, offering anecdotes along the way. In front of Velázquez’s “El Duque de Olivares” he remarked, “Important people were afraid to be painted by him, he revealed too much.” He compared the galleries to “a homey palace.” But it was the Sorolla murals that truly arrested him. In 1911, Archibald Milton Huntington, the founder of the Hispanic Society, commissioned the Spanish neoimpressionist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida to paint a panorama of murals depicting various provinces of Spain. Pointing to one mural Diez-Cabeza noted, “That is the light of 5:00 p.m.” Turning to another he said, “Look at how his shadows are never black, but instead they conjure light.” Circling once again he pointed emphatically, “He is the best at portraying the sheen of things when they are wet.”

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