Spain’s Golden Age may be defined as the extraordinary moment when the visual arts, architecture, literature, and music all reached unprecedented heights.

Featuring a diverse selection of spectacular works produced throughout Spain and its global territories, Art and Empire: The Golden Age of  Spain is the first exhibition in the United States to expand the notion of “Golden Age” to include the Hispanic world beyond the shores of the Iberian Peninsula. Such far-flung Spanish-controlled centers as Antwerp, Naples, Mexico, Lima, and the Philippines are represented by paintings, sculpture and decorative arts of astounding quality and variety from the pivotal years of about 1550 to 1750.

Featured: Sofonisba Anguissola, Portrait of a Spanish Prince (probably Philip II), ca. 1573. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam. 1936.51.

Support for the exhibition is provided by Presenting Sponsors, Taffin and Gene Ray and Lead Sponsor, Debbie Turner. Additional support is provided by Tatiana and Robert Dotson, Aaron Feldman, Janice Lowenberg, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Spain-USA Foundation, the Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation, and the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.