Art of the Spanish Americas

The Foundation’s Art of the Spanish Americas collection numbers more than 200 works from the 17th to 19th centuries—principally paintings from South America. The collection includes works on religious themes and portraits from the Viceroyalty of Peru (and the smaller entities such as the Kingdom of Nueva Granada into which it was divided in the eighteenth century), as well as a small selection of portraits from the Spanish Caribbean.

During the several centuries-long rule of Spain over large parts of South America, painters and sculptors in that region did not often sign their works of art. It was not even a usual practice among recognized masters, whose signatures appear only occasionally, so that identification of their bodies of work depends on stylistic analysis.

This website gives you access to the Thoma Foundation Art of the Spanish Americas collection images and curatorial essays. The collection is organized into the following categories: Marian Devotions; Theological Themes; Religious Narratives; Saints; Jesus, Mary and Joseph; Portraits; and Miscellaneous.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph          Marian Devotions          Miscellaneous          Portraits

                  Religious Narratives          Saints          Theological Themes 

Selected Artworks