The New Spain Art Collection includes paintings, polychrome sculptures, silver, Talavera pottery, ivories, and furniture from 1521 to the early 1800s. Once thought of as being reproductions of the European Masters, the New Spain artists established their unique style with vibrant colors and techniques that included applying fabric, jewels and inlaid shells. Some of the well-known artists included in the collection are Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Cristobal de Villalpando, Jose de Ibarra and Morales Van den Eynden.
New Spain was established in 1521 after the Spanish conquered the Aztec empire. New Spain spanned from North America to the Philippines. At the entrance of the new art wing, is a model of a Manila Galleon Isabella that displays the life in the belly of the ship. The galleons brought exotic cargo, ideas and inspiration to Mexico via the trade routes between the Philippines and Mexico. These global trade routes flourished for 250 years.
Juan Carlos and Mary Infante gifted the New Spain Art collection to the museum. It took approximately 50 years for them to find these pieces and build a robust collection. Our diverse assortment of over 150 rare antiquities in one permanent collection has never been exhibited in the United States until now. This is an important contribution to the art world and an opportunity for Bandera.