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What began more than a century ago as one man's passion for all things Spanish, has become the world's largest collection of Hispanic art outside Spain. Now, for the first time, masterpieces from the 18,000-work collection founded by American philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington have gone on display at Madrid's Prado Museum.The exhibition opens with a portrait of the collector himself, painted in the 1920s when he was in his 50s, wearing a thin moustache and reserved air that belied an obsession nourished since childhood for the literature and art of Spain and its imperial possessions.The show features a total of more than 200 works from Huntington's Hispanic Society of America (HSA) museum collection in New York including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts, decorative arts and rare manuscripts.One trip to Mexico in 1889, and a subsequent trip to Spain in 1892, helped kindle the New Yorker's lifelong passion for their arts.
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