Spanish Treasures

The remarkable collec- tion of artifacts on display at the Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco offers a glimpse of what brought the first conquistadors to South America—and of their legacy here. Bolivian silver mined for centuries helped underwrite the Spanish monarchs' lavish settlements all over the continent. Paintings, silver, furniture, and rare books form the bulk of the show; the most significant pieces are the religious works made of Bolivian silver. All of it is housed in the neocolonial Palacio Noel, a mansion in Retiro designed by Martín Noel. $ At 1422 Suipacha; 54-11/4326-3396;

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