The San Diego Museum of Art houses a robust collection of Spanish art, including works by El Greco, Juan Sánchez Cotán, Francisco de Zurbarán, and many more. We invite you to explore Spanish art through the Museum’s collection.


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Juan de Pareja. Christ Served by Angels, ca. 1660. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam and commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fine Arts Society. 1950.109.

Masterpiece Minute podcast: Christ Served by Angels attributed to Juan de Pareja

What clues lead us to believe this unsigned painting is by Juan de Pareja, an enslaved Spanish painter of African descent who spent nearly his entire adult life in the workshop of Diego Velázquez? Unravel this mystery and hear about Pareja’s life, which for many years was shrouded in legend.

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Listen to “Episode 13 – Masterpiece Minute Podcast” on Spreaker.

View Juan de Pareja’s Christ Served by Angels online.

Francisco de Zurbarán. Virgin and Child with Saint John, 1658. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R., Amy and Irene Putnam. 1935.22

Masterpiece Minute podcast: Antique Spanish frame for Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist by Francisco de Zurbarán

What makes this antique Spanish frame a perfect fit for this work by Francisco de Zurbarán? Hear how this frame and painting came together in the latest episode of Masterpiece Minute.

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Listen to “Episode 6 – Masterpiece Minute Podcast” on Spreaker.

View Zurbarán’s Virgin and Child with Saint John online.

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (AKA Joaquín Sorolla Bastida Gascón Prat Bux Tenas Esc). María at La Granja, 1907. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. Archer M. Huntington in memory of his mother, Arabella D. Huntington. 1925.1

Masterpiece Minute podcast: María at La Granja by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

Who was María and what is the significance of her being in La Granja? Learn the story behind this masterpiece by Sorolla, the very first work in the SDMA collection.

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Listen to “Episode 4 – Masterpiece Minute Podcast” on Spreaker.

View Sorolla’s María at La Granja online.

Francisco de Zurbarán. Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”), ca. 1635-1640. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1947.36.

Masterpiece Minute podcast: Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) by Francisco de Zurbarán

Still life or devotional symbolic painting? Hear the significance of this work and why it’s a favorite among kids.

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Listen to “Episode 3 – Masterpiece Minute Podcast” on Spreaker.

View Zurbarán’s Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) online.

Juan Sánchez Cotán. Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, ca. 1602. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam, 1945.43

Masterpiece Minute podcast: Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber by Juan Sánchez Cotán

Hear the history behind this masterful still life, including which royal court it once adorned and how it’s tied to the Carthusian monastery.

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Listen to “Masterpiece Minute Episode 1” on Spreaker.

View Cotán’s Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber online.

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Featured: Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon, and Cucumber, ca. 1602. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam. 1945.43.